An East Coast Demerara businessman was on Wednesday shot by a lone gunman in Berbice as he was attempting to purchase cattle.
The injured man has been identified as 64-year-old Abdool Hack of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.
Reports are that Hack and his 22-year-old son, Afab, had made arrangements to purchase cattle from a Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) businessman.
They were expected to collect the animals at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant, where payment was also expected to be handed over.
Hack told investigators that he arrived at the location at the prearranged time and had to wait for a long period.
He said that as he waited, a lone gunman approached him and his son and demanded that he hand over the cash. He said that he was not willing to lose his money so easily and he and the gunman ended up in a scuffle. It was then that the bandit pulled out a firearm and discharged one round which hit Hack in the buttocks.
Hack was relieved of $600,000 while his son was relieved of $40,000 and a cellular phone.
He was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital, treated and sent away. A report was made to the police and an investigation has been launched.