Shooting victim hospitalised in serious condition

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By Latrishka Thomas

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident at Michael’s Mount on Sunday night which left a taxi driver in serious but stable condition at the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC), doctors said.

According to reports, Lester Sobers was shot in his face at around 9:30 pm when three masked men came up to the vehicle and pointed a gun at him while he was sitting in a taxi with a female friend, and demanded that the driver roll down the window.

The 54-year-old apparently tried to drive off when one of the men fired a shot inside the vehicle.

When police examined the scene, they reportedly found two spent shells and observed that the rear glass on the driver’s side of the vehicle was damaged.

Reports reaching our newsroom indicate that Sobers was taken into surgery shortly after he was transported to the hospital.

Due to this latest incident, the police are appealing to members of the public “to desist from using isolated and secluded areas as ‘hangout’ spots in their vehicles; especially at nights”.

 Meanwhile, Police are investigating the theft of a government-issued Isuzu pick-up truck — bearing registration plates G 109 — which was stolen from Cashew Hill about 11:30 last night.

Masked robbers wearing camouflage clothing reportedly approached the victim and demanded his valuables while he was leaving his friend’s home.

The man said that he was robbed of his cellular phone valued at $1,500 while his female counterpart, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the pick-up, reportedly fled from the vehicle and left her cellular phone inside.

The assailants then made their escape in the government-issued vehicle.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913 or 462-3914.

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