weapon found on robbery suspect
October 18, 2006
The gun used in the year-old murder
of Gangadeen Khedoo was yesterday found in the
possession of a suspected robber who was shot during a
confrontation with police. The suspect told Stabroek News a
different version of events from his hospital bed yesterday.
According to a statement from the police, the .32 Taurus
revolver licensed to Khedoo was retrieved from the suspected
robber after he was shot at the Vendor's Mall, on Water Street.
The shooting took place at 8:45 am.
Police officers had pursued the man to the mall on the report
that he had committed a robbery. He is alleged to have drawn the
gun on the policeman who gave chase and refused to drop the
weapon when cautioned to do so. As a result, he was shot once in
the upper thigh. Police said the man is currently under police
guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
The Taurus revolver, along with three live rounds and a spent
shell were retrieved from the man. Khedoo, a businessman of the
New Diamond/Grove Housing Scheme, was killed with his own gun in
April last year during a robbery at his home.
Two men, who were armed with cutlasses, carried out the
attack. One of the men chopped Khedoo in the head, disarmed him,
and then shot him. The murder has remained unsolved.
Primo, 20, of Laing Avenue, the man who was shot
yesterday has, however, denied the robbery allegation, saying
that he was shot mistakenly since the real robber ran away.
Eyewitnesses however confirmed that Primo had attacked a man
with a gun and relieved him of his gold chain. Primo is
currently under police guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
He said ranks have since put to him that they found a pistol,
which they said he threw away.
According to Primo the police have also told him that the
weapon was used to kill a man at the New Diamond Housing Scheme.
Speaking to Stabroek News yesterday, the man said that he had
asked his employer for time off to go and shop in downtown
Georgetown yesterday morning when the incident occurred.
Primo said that he had around $1,000 in his pocket and was
going in search of greens in the vicinity of the Vendors' Arcade
on Water Street. He said around 8:30 am while walking he saw a
man run past him. Primo said when he looked around, he saw a man
on a motorcycle in hot pursuit.
He told Stabroek News that as the man ran past him, the one
on the motorcycle fired a shot which hit him on the upper right
thigh. Primo said he immediately collapsed on the ground. The
man on the motorcycle, he said, continued to pursue the other
man but apparently did not find him.
Primo said the motorcyclist returned later, looked at him and
went away. He said he managed to limp onto the pavement and
begged a woman to call a taxi for him, but no one paid him any
Shortly after, a vanload of police pulled up at the scene,
Primo said. He said one of the ranks kicked him in his stomach
and started to accuse him of being a thief. He was then escorted
to the hospital. Primo said the police have said that they found
a weapon, which he threw away. "But I didn't have no gun. I
want them to prove that my fingerprints deh on the weapon,"
Primo declared from his hospital bed.
Primo said that he is willing to prove that he is innocent.
Meanwhile, one vendor in the arcade said that Primo was indeed
the one who snatched the man's chain. The vendor said that it
would appear that Primo was in the company of another man who