32-year-old clothes vendor, Paul Smith aka Blacka of Bent Street, Werk-en-Rust became the country’s first murder victim for the new year when he was shot dead on Commerce Street in Georgetown on New Year’s Day.
The incident took place at around 6:30pm and the suspect is also a clothes vendor who operates in the same area.
A Police statement said Smith was observed holding a cutlass and heading towards his car when he was shot by the other vendor. He fell over the front passenger seat of his car and was rushed to the Georgetown hospital by others in the area.
He was pronounced dead and Doctors discovered that he had been shot to the upper back.
The 29-year-old suspect was taken into Police custody and is expected to face charges in the new week.
There are reports that the incident stemmed from an argument between the two men over the same love interest.