A 23-year-old man was shot and is now hospitalised after he allegedly attacked and robbed four Venezuelan nationals at the Rio Night Club, in Queenstown, Georgetown, on Friday.
In a statement, the Guyana Police Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) identified the suspect as Emanuel Hawker from West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
According to the CCU, Hawker is under Police guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital, nursing a gunshot wound.
Reports are that the Venezuelan nationals were staying at Rio Night Club apartments when Hawker entered the building through an open door.
He reportedly pulled out a suspected .32 Revolver from the waist of his pants, kicked the room doors the victims were in, and relieved them of their cellphones.
The matter was reported to the Alberttown Police Station, and the CCU said that ranks on mobile patrol immediately responded to the report.
“As the ranks approached the building, the suspect was seen walking down the step with the firearm in his right hand. The patrol ranks called on him to drop the gun and surrender himself, but instead, the suspect discharged three rounds in the direction of the Police ranks, forcing them to take cover,” CCU said.
One of the ranks returned fire at the suspect, hitting him on his right thigh.
The suspect fell to the ground with the firearm. He was picked up by the ranks and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted as a patient under guard.
The victims’ cell phones were recovered in the suspect’s pants pockets.
“Seven live .32 ammunition were found in the suspect’s right side pants pocket. The Police also retrieved the firearm (a .32 Revolver, serial number filed off). Three spent shells and three live .32 rounds were found in the chamber.”
Investigations are in progress, and the suspect is slated to be charged.