A West Coast Berbice money-changer was shot
in his left leg by four bandits who made off with $1.2M during a
robbery around 8:45 am yesterday at Rosignol.
And the car the bandits escaped in is being
held at the Fort Wellington Police Station along with the driver
as police continue their investigations.
Fifty-three-year- old Heeralall,
called 'Seed', received three wounds to his upper thigh and one
near his ankle. He was rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital
and X-rays showed that no bullet was lodged in the leg. After
being treated he requested to be discharged.
This is the second
time the money-changer was attacked and shot by
bandits. Last October Heeralall, from Cotton Tree, West Coast
Berbice, received a gunshot wound to his right leg when he and
his family were terrorised and robbed of a large quantity of
money and jewellery at his home by four armed men.
After being shot in the Saturday night attack
on October 29 the cambio dealer was admitted to the Georgetown
Public Hospital while the bandits escaped with around $2.3M in
various currencies and $500,000 in jewellery.
In yesterday's attack, one eyewitness, a
roadside market vendor, said she was `gaffing' with Heeralall
when two men came and stood next to him and she assumed they
wanted to change money.
She said further, "One more came from a
nearby street and then another one came from behind and pulled a
gun out from a black plastic bag and shoot 'Seed'." She
recalled that two other men fired shots as well and when
Heeralall fell they shouted "Gimme
de f--bag," and grabbed it and run.
One bandit got away through the street he
came from and the others ran about three blocks away while
firing shots in the air. The woman said the men escaped in a car
that was driving towards them and they headed in the direction
Roadblocks were set up near the Fort
Wellington Police Station but when the bandits caught on to this
they turned back and escaped down the Guysuco Estate dam at
The driver of the dark grey AT 192 Toyota
Carina, PJJ 7292 told police the bandits had "stuck him
up" and he was not part of the gang.
"He was on the dam about 200 yards from
the public road and when police approached the car he came out
with his hands in the air and said 'don't shoot'", police
told this newspaper.
A police statement last evening said an
operation involving additional ranks and tracker dogs has since
been mounted to arrest the other suspects who are thought to be
hiding out in the backlands.
At the hospital, Heeralall recounted that he
was standing on the road when he heard something that went
"Bam!" He said, "Ah din realize I was shot until
more shots started firing and I fell to the ground. Then they
grabbed the bag with the money." He said he is going to get
out of the cambio business.
His son, Jaipaul Heerlall who is also a
money-changer said, "I was standing about 100 feet away
when I heard something went off like when a bicycle wheel blow
away. When I looked back I saw my father on the ground."
Jaipaul told Stabroek News that when he
realized there were bandits he ran for safety with his cash.
"When I went back on the road my father had already gone to
the hospital but I saw his bag strap on the ground."
Meanwhile, another man of Rosignol received
injuries when he fell out of a police vehicle while trying to
assist them in identifying the bandits' car.
He told this newspaper he was in a minibus
that was taking Heeralall to the hospital when he saw the
bandits' car turn back. He decided to stop at the station and
inform the police of this when the vehicle pulled off hurriedly
and he fell in the process.
In recounting what happened at the scene, the
man said he was coming "through the market street when ah
heard three gunshots that sounded like squibs. But ah said wah!
This is not Christmastime; whey dat coming from."
He said he ran towards the sound but the only
thing he saw was the car pulling off and "the big man lying
on the road."
The man said he pulled off his shirt and
strapped Heeralall's legs and he, along with another man, lifted
him into a minibus to take him to the hospital.