An unidentified suspected bandit was killed on Tuesday night during a shootout outside Butcher’s Pools Bar in Campbellville.
According to a police press release, at around 11.20 pm on Tuesday, a group of persons, including a policeman and a member of the Guyana Defence Force, were at Butcher’s Pools Bar at Middleton Street, Campbellville, when two men approached and discharged rounds in their direction. Paul Chow, 31, of Railway Line, Kitty was hit to his chest and right jaw.
The policeman and the soldier returned fire, hitting one of the armed men about his body, while the other one managed to escape.
The unidentified man who was shot was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is currently at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary.
Chow has been admitted to the hospital and investigations are ongoing.
“I was on the phone and I hear about five gunshots,” a resident of the area told Stabroek News. “First I thought it was a vehicle exhaust but after I hear another shot, I look out I see a man, lil chubby, running towards the school with a gun in he hand.” The resident said that a few seconds after the man ran away, the sound of a car speeding away was heard. The resident also noticed two men lying on the road. One was responsive and was placed in a vehicle and the other was unconscious and appeared dead.
It is still unclear whether the persons involved in the shooting were patrons of the pools bar, since its owner, Nadira Sancharran, said that the bar was not open at the time of the incident. A source revealed that the bar is frequented by policemen and soldiers.
Police said the unidentified alleged bandit was of African descent with dreadlocks and appeared to be in his 40s. He was about 5’9” and had a tattoo on his back which said: “Spine Doctor”.
The Police’s Office of Professional Responsibi-lity is conducting investigations into the incident.