Man shot in drive-by shooting during night out with friends


A 27-year-old man is now battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was shot while attempting to solicit a taxi with two of his friends on Sunday morning.

Alanka Hompus, of Best Village, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was seen consuming alcohol on Saturday evening with his friends at a popular bar located at Crane village, WCD.

Based on information gathered, about 02:30h on Sunday, the trio left the location after the bar closed, but they want to party more, so they started to walk along the Crane Old Road area in search of a taxi to transport them to another drinking spot.

However, before the trio could locate a cab, they came under fire from one of the occupants of a blue motor car that was driving past them.

One of the bullets reportedly hit Hompus to the left side of his abdomen causing him to fall to the roadway as the car sped away.

Inews was told that the injured man was picked and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was immediately admitted.

Upon initial examination, it was confirmed that the bullet was lodged in Hompus’ abdomen.

At approximately 03:30h on Sunday, the injured man was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital owing to the severity of his condition.

Meanwhile, investigators visited the scene where they combed the area, but no spent shells were found. The car involved in the crime has not been located and no arrest in this regard has been made.

Region Three Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord, when contacted on Sunday, told this online publication that an active investigation was underway, and his ranks were working to locate the motor car that was involved in the shooting incident.