A Corentyne, Berbice cellular phone card dealer was on Wednesday afternoon shot dead during a robbery.
Dead is DanianJagdeo, 36, of Lot 12 Section G, Kings Street, Williamsburg, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
According to reports, Jagdeo had been distributing phone cards to his customers all day and was about to close off for the day when he was robbed.
At Adventure, Jagdeo stopped at Country Chef Creole Snackette and was in conversation with the business owner when a lone man pretending to be a customer walked into the establishment. Reports are that Jagdeo enquired whether the business owner knew the strange-looking man entering the premises; however, before the owner could respond properly, the man whipped out a gun and aimed it at Jagdeo.
Guyana Times International understands that the owner ducked under the counter while several shots were fired.
When the businessman resurfaced, the bandit was running out of the shop with Jagdeo’s bag while the injured man laid in a pool of blood.
Police responded and assisted in carrying the injured Jagdeo to the Port Mourant Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The dead man’s wife, Marry Jagdeo, said she was at school when she received the news of her husband’s demise.
“When I come, I meet him lying on the ground face down and I knew he was dead. All his hands were white…” the secondary school teacher said as she tried to hold back her tears.
Reports are that the shooter left the premises and mounted a waiting motorbike and headed east. As the Police began their investigation, a motorbike was found abandoned at Friendship, three villages away. When the motorbike was found, the engine was still running.
B Division (Berbice) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam said the motorbike was carrying a false registration plate. He explained that the two men abandoned the bike and boarded a car which continued to travel east.
“So far, we know that the man was shot at least three times,” he said.
Jagdeo leaves to mourn a wife and four children.