The relatives of 24-year-old Colin Malcolm Perriera, who was shot and killed on Tuesday evening in Tucville, Georgetown, are calling on the Police and the relevant authorities to have the alleged shooter face the full brunt of the law.
The now dead father of one of Lot 213 Bar Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was gunned down on Tuesday at about 21:00h while the car he was travelling in turned onto a bridge belonging to the shooter, in an attempt to turn around.
At the time of the incident, the car was driven by Gailann Chacon, 20, of Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), who is a friend of the now dead man. Perriera sustained three gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen while Chacon was shot to her abdomen.
Based on reports received, the shooter, who is now in Police custody, allegedly claimed that he thought the occupants of the heavily tinted car, were going to commit a robbery on his property.
Reports revealed that the businessman, who was in his yard, whipped out his firearm and discharged several rounds, hitting Perriera and his female friend as the car reversed on the bridge.
However, the man managed to exit the car and ran to safety but the businessman kept discharging rounds at him.
Perriera eventually collapsed in front of a house a short distance away. A teenager, who was standing where the man collapsed, explained that after the man dropped to the roadway, he called out for help and told them that someone else was also shot.
“He said that he was shot so we called 911 but like after 20 minutes, a Police vehicle pull up and they take he to the hospital… he was still alive when the vehicle left but they pronounce he dead at the hospital”.
According to the teen, while waiting for the Police, several persons went to the car where they saw the young lady lying in a pool of blood. She too was rushed to the hospital where she remains a patient.
At the home of the dead man, his cousin, Elizabeth Roberts said they were at church when they received news of the shooting. She added that she was contacted by the victim’s mother, who informed them of the incident. After receiving the news, they rushed to the area but by the time they arrived, the two injured people were already taken to the hospital.
“When we reach, the Police was in his car and they drove it to the East La Penitence Police Station… so we went to the hospital and when we reach there, he was already dead.”
Roberts further stated that the young man left home on Tuesday afternoon to do some errands and from all reports, went to collect Chacon and her father who was visiting from Port Kaituma.
She is however, convinced that her cousin was murdered and that he was not involved in any robbery or attempted robbery. She recalled him being a jovial and friendly person who was always laughing and smiling.
The businessman has since been arrested by the Police.