A Tucville homeowner who is a licensed firearm holder, is claiming that he fired at least six shots into a car that turned onto his bridge because he feared that the occupants were coming to rob him.
When he stopped shooting, the young driver of the car was dead and his girlfriend was badly injured with at least three gunshots to her body.
The driver reportedly drove onto the man’s bridge to turn the car around and make his way out of the street.
The incident took place just after 9:00pm on Tuesday in the Tucville community. The dead man has been identified as 23-year-old Colin Perreira of Kitty. His injured friend has been identified as Gail Charon.
The assailant’s name has been given as Robert Benn, who is a 38-year-old contractor. News Source understands that Benn’s gun license was only renewed on Tuesday morning.
A source close to the homeowner told News Source that the family is still in shock over the incident.
The source explained that Benn and his wife were sitting on a bench in front of their yard when the dark coloured car slowly drove past them, stopped at a nearby house then turned around and suddenly sped onto their bridge, forcing both the husband and wife to dash for cover.
The source claims that Benn opened fire because he thought he was about to be attacked, after there were several previous robberies in the same area and their home was targeted in the past. A relative said the family is deeply saddened about the incident but the panicked reaction may have been caused out of fear.
Police investigators are continuing their probe and will likely charge the contractor for murder before the end of this week.
(Photo of car from Kaieteur News)