Security guard in custody for shooting man during argument about face mask

A 57-year-old security guard is now in Police custody after he allegedly shot another man during an argument about face masks at Golden World Chinese Supermarket, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).

The incident occurred on Tuesday around 14:00h.

Police say that the victim, 57-year-old Mohamed Fazil called Robbie of Parika Facade, EBE was about to enter the supermarket without a face mask and as a result, an argument ensued with the security guard.

Fazil left and later returned with a cutlass and was brandishing the weapon. In response, the security guard pulled out the company-issued handgun from his waist and fired one shot to the mid-section of the man’s leg.

He was picked up and rushed to Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was treated by the doctor on duty and admitted a patient. He was later transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he was examined by the doctor on duty and admitted a patient in a stable condition.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Parika Police Station as investigations continue.