A 60-year-old money changer was on Sunday afternoon shot and robbed of $120,000 in cash while he was in the vicinity of Longden Street, Georgetown, by two unmasked motorcycle bandits- one of whom was armed with a hand gun.
The victim has been identified as Rockford Richardson called “Bigga” of Freeman Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown.
Based on information received, the incident occurred at about 13:33h.
Enquiries disclosed that the victim was sitting on a chair in front of Silvie’s building, plying his trade, when he was approached by two men on a motorcycle from a northern direction.
The men stopped in front of him and the pillion rider, whipped out a gun from his waist and confronted Richardson, while demanding that he turn over his cash.
Scared, the sexagenarian immediately complied and handed over his cash.
However, while retrieving the money, the armed suspect reportedly discharged one round at the money changer, resulting in him sustaining a wound on his left thigh, above his knee.
The bandit then rejoined his accomplice on the waiting motorcycle and fled the scene north along Longden Street, Georgetown.
Public spirited persons ran to Richardson’s assistance and rushed him to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was examined by a doctor and admitted a patient in the Accident and Emergency Unit in a stable condition.
Police have disclosed that a .32 spent shell was retrieved from the scene of the crime and is presently being analysed.
Investigations are continuing.