A 26-year-old man was shot dead in Albouystown yesterday.
Dead is Collis Collison of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara and 68 William Street, Kitty.
According to a statement from the Guyana Police Force, Collison was fatally shot at around 2.45 pm at Barr Street, Albouystown by an identified male suspect.
The statement noted that the victim was standing on Barr Street, Albouystown when the suspect approached with a firearm brandished, shot him and fled the scene.
He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital by a public-spirited citizen but was pronounced dead at 3.26 pm.
The 26-year-old was well-known to law enforcement having been charged on several occasions between 2011 and 2016.
In 2011, Collison was remanded to prison for the murder of a Linden businessman Albert Joseph, called ‘Bolo’. He was also arraigned on two armed robbery charges. He was freed of that murder charge in November 2014.
One year later in 2015 he was charged with discharging a loaded firearm at off-duty rank Prem Narine, and with having in his possession a .38 revolver and three live rounds of matching ammunition without being the holder of a valid firearm licence. He was also charged in 2016 with discharging a loaded firearm at off-duty rank Richard Ramoutar, with the intent to maim, disfigure or cause him actual bodily harm. It was alleged that Collison was part of a gang which trailed persons from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri and then robbed them.
He was however freed of all these charges in 2016 due to insufficient evidence. He was also one of the inmates of the Camp Street prison who offered testimony during the Commission of Inquiry into the deadly prison fire and unrest.
Meanwhile, Police are also investigating a second shooting incident which occurred at the Getto Flex Bar, Albouystown between 4.30 pm and 5 pm resulting in injury to a 15 year-old of Lot 26 D’Urban Street, Wortmanville.
According to a GPF statement, the victim related that he was at Albouystown playing Phagwah when an argument began between two identified males.
During the argument both parties pulled guns and the victim jumped over the counter as he heard a gunshot ring out and felt a burning to his right shoulder.
He later observed blood running from the said shoulder and was taken to Georgetown Public Hospital by public-spirited citizens.
The minor is presently at the hospital in a stable condition. No arrests have been made but Investigations are in progress.