(Guyana Guardian) – Contrary to utterances by the police and doctors at the GPHC, former Guyana Defense Force soldier Herbert Verwayne was only taken to the hospital almost an hour after he shot by a colleague at the MMC Security compound at Happy Acres on the East Coast of Demerara.
The former army man was gunned down on Saturday morning at about 8am, after a 24year old disgruntled co-worker angrily protested that Verwayne and several other members of the security firm had made certain unsavory comments about his daughter.
And without much warning the man pointed a shotgun to the grouping and indiscriminately opened fire, resulting in the fatal injury of Verwayne and the wounding of another.
According to a usually reliable source, chaos had erupted immediately after the shooting, and no one was composed enough to render any first aid or any other assistance in a timely manner after the former soldier was shot.
As such, Verwayne had remained on the ground for a considerable amount of time with his chest and face pressing against the wounds and his blood that was oozing from it.
They added that the police was only called in after company officials were contacted and approval was granted to engage the Guyana Police Force.
They told the Guyana Guardian that Verwayne had seem to be long dead by the time police had arrived, and before his body could have been shuttled to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Nonetheless, a medical source who is familiar with the case indicated that the severity of the injuries would have suggested that the man must have died on the spot.
In such a case, he surmised that no first aid or any other form of medical intervention immediately after the shooting could have saved his life.
Ronald Gillis, a former security official with inside knowledge of how security firm works, had told this publication that there is nothing unusual about employees contacting management first before contacting the police.
He reiterated that it is standard protocol for the employee of any security company to first report an incident to their superior, who will then be tasked with initiating other steps aimed at getting the police and or medical assistance to the scene.
Hence, he sees nothing unusual about the processes as it relates to the former soldier.
Verwayne who was residing at Lot 710, Tuschen Housing Scheme, on the East Bank of Essequibo had operated his own taxi and minibus after leaving the Guyana Defense Force.
However, he subsequently shifted his transportation business to a part time operation, while he worked elsewhere.
He is said to have been working with the security firm for only a few weeks before he met his demise, and leaves to mourn a wife and four children.
The Guyana Guardian understands that the security company has since initiated procedures aimed at compensating the dead man’s family, in addition to rendering other forms of support.