Bandits shoot at taxi driver in attempted robbery

A taxi driver came under gunfire on Sunday night when bandits fired on his vehicle at Freeman Street, in East La Penitence, Georgetown, where he had just picked up a passenger.

Police yesterday said that the attack occurred around 11.45 pm, after taxi driver Kurt Grant, 42, of East Ruimveldt, picked up a customer at a fish shop on Freeman Street.

As he was about to move off with the passenger, two unidentified men, dressed in dark clothing, approached his car from behind and attempted to jump into it via a rear door.

One of the men pulled the handle of a rear door but it was locked, while the other man discharged a round into the air, police said, while adding that Grant drove to the end of the cul de sac (dead end).

As Grant reversed, his attackers fired another shot in the direction of the vehicle. The bullet struck the window of the left rear door and exited through the right door, leaving a small hole.

Grant managed to escape and reported the shooting to the police.

Investigators subsequently combed the area and several persons were questioned.

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