Search launched for driver and vehicle

Stabroek News
July 28, 2001

A countrywide search has been launched for the vehicle and driver who fled the scene of Thursday morning's shooting at the junction of Mandela Avenue and Industrial Estate road, in which three suspected bandits were killed.

The car, a white Toyota Sprinter, witnesses said, took off after police from the Target Special Force had forced it to stop and demanded that its occupants get out with their hands in the air.

Witnesses said that the driver was urged to flee the scene once the three passengers had left the vehicle.

Meanwhile, relatives of the dead men were said to have visited the Eve Leary headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), yesterday.

The suspected bandits, Steve Grant, 41, of Hadfield Street, Wortmanville, Griffith called 'Doggie', said to have been a former member of the Guyana Defence Force and another man called Houston, 'Chinee' or 'Yankee' were fatally shot by the police early Thursday morning.

Stabroek News understands that the police party, apparently acting on a tip off, went to the Ruimveldt area in preparation for the arrival of the men.

Attempts to get positive identification of the dead men from the proved futile once again.

A police press release on Thursday had stated that the men had been shot during a confrontation with police on whom they had fired when attempts to apprehend them were made.

The release had also stated that a variety of arms and ammunition had been recovered at the scene following the early morning operation.

Stabroek News yesterday spoke with the Grant's reputed wife, Desiree Guillain who said that she was awakened and informed of the shooting shortly after its occurrence and immediately proceeded to the Georgetown Public Hospital. But when she got there, she said, she was not permitted to view Grant's body. She told this newspaper that the body was later identified by an in-law.

The woman who is expecting Grant's child, said that they had been together for about four years and that Grant was normally employed doing masonry.

Post mortem examinations are expected to be performed on the men some time next week as police investigations continue.