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Gunning down of man by licensed firearm owner justifies need to revoke some gun licenses

Hours after a man was shot dead and his female companion seriously injured allegedly by a licensed firearm holder, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday said that incident is a striking example of why some gun permits have to be revoked.

“We got a lot of people , who are not mentally sound in this place, and they carry arms,” he told reporters after the launch of a Citizen Security Project being funded by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB).

The Guyana Police Force is treating the killing of 25-year old Colin Perreira of Barr Street, Kitty as murder and the gunshot injury of 20-year old Gail Ann Chacon as attempted murder at about 9:10 PM at Perry Street, TucVille. “It’s an extremely sad story. I could not believe that someone- from what I’m being told- just see a car parked, turn into his driveway and he comes down like a cowboy and start shooting,” he said.

Chacon’s condition was listed as critical.

Investigators have been told that the Perreira was driving a heavily tinted motor car, with the other victim seated in the front passenger seat, attempted to turn around the vehicle, on the space in front the suspect’s residence. “In the process, the suspect who was in his yard, drew his licensed handgun and discharged several rounds at the vehicle, hitting the victims about their bodies,” police said.

The suspect has since been taken into custody, police said.

The Public Security Minister reiterated that he was going ahead with his annual review of firearm licenses to determine whether they should be revoked or renewed.  Considerations will be whether businesses owners still handle large amounts cash if their enterprises have gone bankrupt, if they had ever met the criteria in the first place and whether they were charged with serious offences. “I intend to go back and do the checks every year, they get mentally depressed, who were very valid applicants years ago so we have to an undergoing process and if the ongoing process is going to realize a revocation, I think it is good ,” he said.

Less than one month ago, an elderly gold miner shot his wife in her mouth before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.

Ramjattan has said that the massive exercise to review all gun licenses would eventually lead to a safer Guyana.

  • rudeo

    would lead to a safer guyana…..with the criminals and their arsenals untouched by cock-eye bozo

  • rs dasai

    An unlikely unusual story?

  • Craig Hughes

    Well said, but we all know we are going to hear Ms. JAGDEO cry about his supporters are being discriminated against.

  • Lance Vance

    i am happy to know you are not a uneducated racist you speak and write like a moron,but it is ok for ganga friends to beat & rob honest & hard working people every night ,u know teter pay for paul, i wish they come to your house 1 night if u have one or pnc have u living under a bridge , do u have daughters ,the scums of the earth will make them happy

  • Gtloyal

    Its so despairing to read some comments here. How can people try to justify the intentional shooting of a person when that person gives the gunman no reason whatsoever to do so?
    What reasons do we have to believe that this killer was feeling threatened because of “the crime situation”?
    Maybe it was his crime situation. How do we know he didn’t react that way because he robbed “El Chapo” and knew they would come for him someday? How do we know that he did not know that car, or its occupants? Or maybe it was mistaken identity. We just do not know. Maybe he just “tripped”.
    Whatever the case, his reaction … or action, was not normal.
    Tinted glasses or some noise in the dark cannot be a reason to shoot or we would be shooting many of our afroguyanese brothers while they’re sitting peacefully in their corner during a “blackout” … well, most indoguyanese are of the same colour so we might just start a war in the dark and have the PPP blame Granger and Ramjattan.