Bridgemohan told Stabroek News (SN) they had gone to Skeldon to
purchase food from a restaurant and were returning to the Molsen
Creek Ferry Stelling when the incident occured.
"All we see is about 12 gunmen deh on both sides of the road and
they start shooting up the truck. But me continue driving to the
He said the woman's head fell back and she was left in that
position and appeared to be dead. The men said they did not know the
woman but they met her at the restaurant when they went to buy food
and she asked them for a "drop" to the stelling.
Narine was shot in his left leg and he was treated at the Skeldon
Hospital and sent away while the other three are patients at the New
Ghanie, the watchman told SN he heard "a van stop and gun start
fire and me fire back about three loads." He said about 10 to 12
gunmen surrounded the yard and then a few went upstairs while the
others remained downstairs and continued firing.
He said he was hiding behind a vehicle in the yard when the
bullet hit him in his jaw -where it is still lodged - and he fell to
The gunmen seemed determined to find Narine who remained in
hiding in a room in the house with his wife, Sharmilla and two
children, ages 13 and eight-years. The gunmen spent close to two
hours firing rapidly and ransacking the entire house.
After their efforts were unsuccessful they decided to destroy
everything in the house and shot at the television set, water tanks
and at a Lexus and four other vehicles belonging to Narine.
They also set the house alight before escaping in a waiting
speedboat close to a sawmill behind the house. They tied up a
fisherman, Ramnauth, who was close to the sawmill before
The men gained entry to the house by ripping open the grill on a
window. They attempted to shoot down the steel door but it would not
budge. They had cut a barbed wire on the concrete fence and jumped
into the yard.
Narine told Stabroek News he heard the men saying "leh we find
dem and shoot dem. We ain't going till we nah find them. Shoot the
ceiling and see if dem in there."
They then lit a fire in two sections of the house after spraying
the area with Baygon. They reportedly tried to use the cooking gas
to start the fire but that effort failed.
After the gunmen left, Narine's father, Hareshnarine `Chinee'
Sugrim, proprietor of Sugrim Industries, who lives obliquely
opposite, and neighbours ran over and put the fire out.
Sugrim collapsed after he did not see his son and family. They
finally emerged from their hiding place about 15 minutes after the
Still shaken by the incident, Sugrim told this newspaper, "Guyana
is no place to stay because there is no protection. I would
definitely close my business down and migrate."
Further, he is offering a reward of $5M to anyone who can provide
him with information about the shooting.
The man said he was about to open the door when a gunman fired a
shot in his direction and told him, "Ow Chinee come out your
(expletive) and save your son now."
Narine's aunt, Pamela said she heard the loud shots and thought
her neighbours who were "sporting" were lighting firecrackers. But
after it continued she checked it out and noticed two men in front
of her nephew's house and three under the house firing rapidly.
A resident said he saw one of the bandits pumping bullets
non-stop at the house while talking on a radio set.
Hemnauth whose house is situated behind Narine's said some of the
bullets entered his building. He said his wife Kamal heard the rapid
gunfire and she called out to him.
He proceeded to wake his daughter and they hid in a corner of the
house. "We couldn't hear anything else only bullets. But we look out
to see where it was coming from, we just keep quiet."
A police statement yesterday said that four of the bandits
entered the house by cutting through the grill work on the window.
They ransacked the home and took away jewellery and $300,000.
"During this, they discharged rounds indiscriminately around the
house, resulting in Shamnarine Narine being hit above his right knee
by a bullet that went through the wall. The bandits also lit small
fires in the hall and kitchen of the house using the curtains".
The statement also added that as the bandits were leaving they
saw watchman Ghanie and fired rounds at him, one of which grazed his
The police said they recovered a .38 revolver along with 187
empty shells of various calibre, one 16-gauge cartridge, three
sledgehammers and a claw bar.
Recent months have seen an upsurge in crime in all parts of the
country with many attacks featuring guns.
Last night, Campbell's mother Judith Mc Donald told Stabroek News
that her daughter left to go to the beach and then to Coney Island
and Reno. Campbell also leaves to mourn her three children Leroy,
Tiffany and Fiona and her sister Gwendlyn. (Additional reporting by Adrian