5-year-old girl, grand­mother suf­fer gun­shot in­juries

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

Po­lice

in Ber­bice are on the hunt for a man who al­legedly shot a five-year-old and her grand­mother af­ter break­ing into their home at Num­ber 72 Vil­lage, Coren­tyne in the wee hours of Sun­day.

Po­lice, in a press re­port, said the young girl and her grand­mother had to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion at the Skel­don Hos­pi­tal, where they were treated for al­leged gun­shot in­juries – 13 pel­lets were re­moved from the child’s left leg, while the grand­mother sus­tained in­juries to her lower ab­domen. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Sec­tion B, Num­ber 72 Vil­lage Coren­tyne about 03:30h.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions revealed that Sav­itri Has­san and her hus­band, Ra­jku­mar, along with their grand­daugh­ter, were asleep on a mat­tress on the floor when they were roused by a loud ex­plo­sion. Upon in­ves­ti­gat­ing, they saw a male, who is known to them, flee­ing the house and it was then Has­san re­alised that she and the child were bleed­ing. The sus­pect is be­ing sought, the Po­lice re­lease added.

Sav­itri stated that af­ter the loud ex­plo­sion, her grand­daugh­ter started to scream.

She said at first it was be­lieved that the girl was

The five-year-old girl was in­jured in the at­tack

scream­ing out of fright, but later it was dis­cov­ered that she was bleed­ing.

She said the shooter ran out of the house us­ing the back door, which was open.

Ac­cord­ing to her hus­band, Ra­jku­mar, he was able to recog­nise the shooter.

He told this on­line pub­li­ca­tion that he was awak­ened by the ex­plo­sion and quickly got up as he re­alised that there was some­one in the house.

Ac­cord­ing to him, when he looked through the bed­room door, he saw a man who is known to him (his neigh­bour). Ac­cord­ing to Ra­jku­mar, at the time there was light in the house en­abling him to see clearly.

There were five adults in the house along with the five-year-old and two ba­bies at the time of the in­ci­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to the 47-yearold Ra­jku­mar, the in­truder used a lad­der to climb through an open­ing be­tween the top of the wall and the roof of the house to gain en­try.

Be­fore the shot was fired, the sus­pect opened the back door of the house in or­der for him to have a quick es­cape.

Ra­jku­mar said that the house was de­stroyed by a fire in March 2014 and he was in the process of re­build­ing it and he had a lit­tle more work to do in or­der to have it com­pleted and se­cured.

Mean­while, his wife claimed that the sus­pect had made threats be­fore and had burnt a clothes line in her yard pre­vi­ously.

Those in­ci­dents were both re­ported to the Po­lice and there was lit­tle ac­tion taken, the woman told iNews.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the re­ports were made on Oc­to­ber 21 and 22 at the Skel­don Po­lice Sta­tion.

She said three Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Group (CPG) of­fi­cers went to make the ar­rest and they were con­fronted by a cut­lass-wield­ing man and had to abort the probe.

Fol­low­ing an out­burst by the sus­pect in Oc­to­ber, Sav­itri said she en­quired from her neigh­bour what the is­sue was and she was al­legedly told that her hus­band was peep­ing at the sus­pect’s wife in their house.

This re­porter was taken to the back­yard and shown the dis­tance be­tween the Has­san’s yard and the sus­pect’s house and also the high veg­e­ta­tion sur­round­ing the house where the sus­pect lives.

The woman ex­plained that her hus­band was in the back­yard on that day to patch holes in the fence in or­der to pre­vent his chick­ens from leav­ing the yard.

Sav­itri says she is liv­ing in fear and is of the be­lief that had the Po­lice acted on the ini­tial re­ports, Sun­day’s in­ci­dent could have been avoided.

She said even though it ap­peared that the Po­lice have now taken se­ri­ous ac­tion in mak­ing real ef­forts to ap­pre­hend the sus­pect, un­til they do and the sus­pect re­mains at large, the fam­ily would con­tinue to live in fear.

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