Police investigators on the East Coast of Demerara and Georgetown are on the hunt for a 45-year-old Annandale man who opened fire in the house of his ex-lover, killing the woman’s 1-year-old grandchild.
The dead baby has been identified as Ariane Gill.
According to the baby’s grandmother, Shelly Norton, she was at her Annandale home with her three daughters and grandchild when she heard the gunshots. She said as she ran towards the living room, she saw her ex-lover shooting into the house from the outside.
She said although she and the man were in a relationship for a number of years, they had no children together.
The woman said she broke up with the man, who she identified as Mark Angoy, five weeks ago and he has been threatening her ever since.
“He has been sending text messages to my phone non-stop, threatening to take away something that is closest to me and I kept on making Police reports”, the crying woman recounted.
She said the two operated a business in the interior and after their break up, she came back to the city and moved out of their home along with her daughters and grandchild. Fighting back tears, the woman said she suffered years of abuse at the hands of the man and the two were schedule to make an appearance in court this week over an outstanding matter, but the threats became intense over the past few days.
“I was in my room about to take a nap, my daughters were watching television with the baby and all I hear was these loud gunshots. So I ran to the living room and I saw this man with the gun aiming it at my daughter Ashley and the baby. I am not sure if he saw me, but he just kept on shooting in the house then ran off to a waiting car”, she recounted.
Her 12-year-old daughter was also injured.
The baby was rushed to the Georgetown Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead. Her tiny body bore at least three gunshot wounds.
Ms. Norton told News Source that she suspected the man of being a drug addict and that was one of the reasons why she decided to break off the relationship and move on with her life, even as he threatened to kill her and “take away something that means a lot to me”.
She said although she took the man serious and filed police complaints, she never expected what took place this afternoon in their Annandale home.
Investigations are underway.
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