Cops hold two over murder of money changer, robbery ruled out

Shawn Nurse

Police have arrested two men in connection with the shooting to death of money changer Shawn Nurse and robbery has been ruled out as the motive for the attack.

This was confirmed by Commander of ‘A’ Division Marlon Chapman who said that one of the men was arrested hours after the incident while the other was arrested yesterday.

They are both assisting the police with investigations.

Shawn Nurse, 47, a father of three, of the South Ruimveldt Shopping Plaza was shot once in the face, just under the left eye minutes after 10am on Sunday.

The shooting occurred at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street where Nurse plies his trade.

The police in a statement had said that the attack was carried out by an identifiable male in a red hoodie and brown ¾ pants who was armed with a handgun.

However, it is unclear if the suspected shooter is among the two persons in custody.

Enquiries, the police had said revealed that the victim was seated on a chair at the corner of America Street and Avenue of the Republic when the armed perpetrator approached him from a northern direction with the weapon drawn and demanded that he hand over his money.

Nurse, the police said put up resistance and the perpetrator discharged a round hitting him in his face.

The perpetrator then escaped on foot north on Avenue of the Republic then east into Charlotte Street.

Nurse’s mother, Monica Dettering had related to the media that she received a call but had no idea that it was her son who had been shot until she visited the scene.

She added that she last saw her son on Saturday night since she cooked for him because he suffered from ‘sugar’ and watched what he ate.

Monica said that some two months ago her son was robbed. However, after one of the said individuals who committed the crime robbed someone else, Nurse found the individual and the person’s mother paid him back the stolen money.

“Shawn don’t have no problem with nobody”, Monica had said.

A 9mm spent shell was recovered at the scene.

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