Army librarian shot in apparent hijack attempt

A Guyana Defence Force librarian was on Sunday evening shot in what appeared to be a hijacking attempt of her car at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara.

The incident occurred around 22:00 hrs, shortly after 44-year-old Jewel Gibson arrived at her premises.

She was shot once to her stomach and was up to yesterday afternoon a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital. The bullet reportedly exited her body and her condition is listed as stable.

Jewel Gibson

While the motive of the attack is still unknown, Stabroek News understands that Gibson had just arrived home and parked her motor vehicle, PVV 4621, when two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun pounced on her.

Information revealed that she was about to exit the vehicle, when the suspect who was armed with the gun approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and held her at gunpoint. The other bandit was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.

The gunman reportedly discharged a round in Gibson’s direction which struck her to the stomach before he removed the key from the ignition.

The men then made good their escape on foot.

When this newspaper visited Gibson’s home yesterday, her tenant recalled hearing the sound of a gunshot. She said before she could have enquired further, the wounded Gibson was at the door calling for help. The tenant, with the assistance of neighbours, reportedly transported Gibson to the hospital.

A warhead was recovered in the car and no arrests have been made as yet.

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