Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:01 by GxMediaRe-migrant Cecil Gajadhar, who decided to open a relatively small filling station on the East Coast Demerara, Monday morning narrowly escaped death but his employee was shot dead during an GUY$8 million heist.
Gajadhar, 71, of Foulis, East Coast Demerara sustained a gunshot injury to his forehead and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he received treatment. However, Victor “Red Man” Da Silva of Covent Gardens, East Bank Demerara was fatally shot to his chest.
Investigators said the two men were in a vehicle on their way to a city bank about 8:15 AM when two men in another motor vehicle blocked their path in the vicinity of Water and Cowan Streets, Kingston.
“The two men exited the vehicle and began discharging rounds at Cecil Gajadhar, who was struck to his forehead, and Victor Da Silva, who was hit to his chest,” police said.
Despite his injury, Gajadhar drove his vehicle in an alley between Republic Bank and GTM on Robb Street.
Da Silva’s body was seen slumped in the left front seat of the vehicle.
The left window of the grey CRV was shattered and what was believed to be a bullet hole was seen in the front windshield.
Eyewitnesses said the men were attacked by the bandits shortly after Gajadhar turned from Cowan Street south into Water Street. The assailants fled the scene in a car that was parked on Water Street facing north.
Gajadhar had been the victim of a robbery in March when bandits snatched a bag containing some $4m from him in front of the GRA office on Camp Street. Quick action by the police led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of the money.
He owns the Gajadhar Filling Station at Foulis, East Coast Demerara and had lived for decades in New York before returning to his homeland more than 10 years ago.