Cops hunting for suspects in gunning down of taxi driver

The police are currently pursuing suspects in relation to the execution-style killing of taxi driver, Oswald Rambarran who was gunned down on Sunday while delivering food in Albouystown.

Acting Crime Chief, Hugh Jessemy told Stabroek News yesterday that as the investigation into the murder continues, the police are searching for the two persons: the motorcyclist and pillion rider.

He said in addition to this, the police are presently looking at all angles and had returned to the scene yesterday morning with the hope of obtaining CCTV footage.

Rambarran called “Junior”, 42, of West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown was gunned down around 8:30pm on Sunday along King Edward Street, Albouystown.

Oswald Rambarran
Oswald Rambarran

He was shot at least ten times about his body and died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

“We de just come back  from buying food and he was coming out of his side of the car when  I look up and see a motorbike with two man pon it pull up at de corner deh (Sussex and King Edward streets). De man at the back jump off and come running and start firing shots …he fire like five shots and then run back in de bike direction”, an eyewitness who was with Rambarran at the time he was killed related.

He said, “me aint see when Junior drop or wait fuh see wuh direction they ride off in. I run in de yard under de house. Is when I come out back, he deh pon de ground deh bleeding from this side of he face,” he added, pointing to his left temple.

The taxi driver’s friends assisted in getting him back into his car and they drove to the GPH.

The friends believe that the gunman knew Rambarran’s movements and planned the attack. “He coulda shoot we. He had a proper view to kill anyone a we but like he was setting fuh he,” the friend said.

In June 2008, Rambarran was shot by the police following a chase after ranks of a police mobile patrol observed him and a male accomplice trying to force a man into the trunk of a motorcar.

As the police approached, the accomplice fled and Rambarran sped away in his car.

A chase ensued and Rambarran was shot as a result.

He was taken to the GPH but escaped custody while awaiting medical attention. This saw him being remanded on charges of escaping while in police custody and assault, as the prosecution convinced Magistrate Melissa Robertson that he was a flight risk.

Rambarran’s shooting is the latest in execution-style killings. In relation to the September 1 killing of Mark Anthony, the police are still to make an arrest. Anthony, called ‘QQ”, of Lot 1238 Canje Pheasant Lane, South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown, was liming with his friends when he was gunned down. He sustained several gunshot wounds about his body and was transported to the GPH, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. As in the case of Rambarran, he was the clear target of the gunman.

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