Terror returned to Buxton yesterday as two men were fatally
shot and a toddler wounded by a bullet as police and Guyana
Defence Force Special Forces ranks raided the village in search
of wanted men.
The two who were killed have since been identified as Orlando
Andrews called 'Bullet' and Noel James called 'Baby', both of
Friendship, ECD. Yesterday afternoon, a third man, Joshua
Edwards of Company Road, Buxton was taken to the Georgetown
Hospital after he was shot during the Joint Services operation.
He was under heavy police guard as he was being treated. Another
man who was held by the police has been identified as David
Zammett and David Leander known as `Biscuit'. The police said
that wanted bulletins were published by the police for Zammett
and Andrews in relation to investigations into the murder of
Agriculture Minister Satyadeow Sawh and his siblings.
Zammett is also wanted by the police in relation to
investigations into the murder of Anson Melville at Friendship
on 2004-01-11; the murder of William Adams called "Grego"
at Friendship on 2004-08-02; and attempted murder committed on
Randy Joseph at Friendship on 2004-10-04.
According to a police statement, around 10 am yesterday the
Joint Services ranks came under fire from a group of armed men
along Brushe Dam, Buxton. The ranks returned fire, fatally
wounding Andrews who was hit in the right side of his chest,
while the others managed to escape. The statement continued that
around 1.30 pm the ranks cordoned off a house at Brushe Dam and
while in the process of searching it came under fire from Noel
James. Again the ranks returned fire, hitting James about his
body. An unlicensed .38 Taurus revolver along with five spent
shells were recovered by the ranks. According to the police,
James was recently released from prison after serving a sentence
for larceny. Andrews had been charged by the police for the
murder of Troy Phillips on 2004-12-05 at Church of God Road,
Buxton. He was also charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm
on Dennis Daniels at Annandale, ECD, on 2005-07-11. In both
matters arrest warrants for Andrews were issued by the courts.
Further the police said Andrews was wanted for questioning by
the police in relation to the murder of Anson Melville at
Friendship on 2004-01-11; the murder of Davechan Appanna at
Section 'B', Non Pariel, ECD, on 2004-08-17; and the murder of
schoolgirl Christine Sukhra at Coldingen, ECD, on 2004-08-28.
Meanwhile a 19-month-old toddler was also wounded during the
operation while sleeping in a chair in her parents' living room.
Kenya Headley of Brushe dam was grazed on the right side of her
neck with a bullet. She was treated at the Georgetown Public
Hospital and sent away. Kamile Thomas, an aunt of the child told
Stabroek News that she was in her kitchen when she started
hearing gunshots which was nothing strange in the area. She said
she then heard her niece screaming and immediately ran to her
aid. "After I hear the gunshot I run in front to see Kenya
because I thought was the gunshots that woke her up…I
scramble her and run with her in the kitchen and stayed lying on
the floor," Thomas recalled. Thomas added that after
consoling the child she realized something else was wrong after
the child kept crying and holding onto her neck. Upon checking
Thomas said she saw the child bleeding from a wound on her neck.
Thomas said that a shell was also found in her kitchen.