Suspect in shooting of domino players held

The man who allegedly opened fire on a group of domino players at Mahaica two months ago leaving two persons wounded was on Monday evening arrested and is likely to be charged today.

The suspect has been identified as Andrew Motilall.

Divisional Commander (ag) Edmond Cooper yesterday confirmed with Stabroek News that ranks acting on information arrested the suspect around 8pm on Monday at a location in Annandale, East Coast Demerara.

“We have been looking for this guy (Motilall) a while now”, Cooper said.

The suspect is currently in custody assisting with investigations. He is expected to appear in the Mahaica Magistrate’s Court today.

Two men – 23-year-old Teron Gordon, a labourer, and 33-year-old Marlon Browne, a farmer, were both shot during the incident which occurred at Belmont, Mahaica on the evening of January 28.

Gordon and Browne were rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where the former was treated for a gunshot wound to the left side of his abdomen and left forearm, while the latter was treated for a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest.

“It had about 15 of us here playing dominoes because that is what we does do on Saturday nights. The boys from the neighbourhood would come and a friend would bring a friend and we would play dominoes and Andrew [perpetrator] come and Marlon didn’t want anything to do with him,” an eyewitness had related to Stabroek News.

Eventually, the perpetrator left the scene in his bus and returned 10 minutes later with a weapon.

“He went back into his bus, collected something from inside, left the door open and walked towards them and then just started firing wild. I was in the shop and I duck and I hear about six or seven shots going on. From the moment the first shot fire everybody scattered,” the man said.

He explained that in a bid to get to safety after the shots started raining, persons jumped into the nearby trenches and hid under anything they could’ve found, which resulted in wooden structures and other obstacles being kicked away and broken.

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