A female guard has been taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of Sophia resident Jamal Munroe and the police are pursuing several other suspects, including her son, who is alleged to have been the shooter.
Stabroek News was reliably informed that the woman allegedly provided her son with her service weapon, which was used to commit the crime. While she was arrested, her son remained on the lam up to last evening.
Several other persons are also wanted for questioning and have not yet been apprehended.
Munroe, 24, a labourer of ‘C’ Field, Sophia, died on Friday night after he was shot multiple times about his body during a row.
He sustained gunshot wounds to his legs, his lower back and his left hand. He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH), where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.
The shooting occurred along the ‘C’ Field Access Road, around 10.45 pm.
The police, in a press release, had said that investigations revealed that Munroe and the suspect had an argument over a 32-year-old shopkeeper, of ‘D’ Field, Sophia. During the argument, the suspect discharged several rounds at Munroe. Munroe was picked up by public-spirited citizens and transported to the hospital in an unconscious state.
While Stabroek News was told that Munroe’s girlfriend was at the centre of the argument between him and his assailant, the woman, who wished not to be named, expressed dissatisfaction yesterday at the way in which the matter is being dealt. She refuted claims that Munroe was shot during a row over a woman and explained that he was shot during an encounter with the suspect over a cell phone that was stolen from her.
Stabroek News understands that Munroe’s girlfriend reportedly misplaced her cell phone at a shop last Thursday and returned to have the surveillance footage reviewed. During this process, she reportedly recognised the suspect picking up the phone.
As a result, a report was made to the Turkeyen Police Station and the suspect and his mother were taken into custody. They were later released after an agreement was reached to have the phone returned to its owner.
Munroe reportedly learnt of the incident and approached the suspect, resulting in the shooting. “He is not no criminal and didn’t rob anybody and so, like them claiming. They need to take this thing more seriously,” the woman said yesterday.