The family members of 43-year-old Collin McPherson, who was shot dead by a lone gunman at Sophia, Georgetown, on Thursday, are still struggling to come to grips with his demise.
McPherson, a driver of Lot 460 ‘D’ Field Sophia, was shot around 21:40h on Independence Day. He is the father of three girls and one boy.
His grieving niece, Shemisha Nicholson, told MTV News Update that she received a telephone call informing her that her uncle was shot. She then contacted a family member, where she got the harrowing news.
“I was told that an unidentified man passed and shoot up. My uncle was sitting outside with two other boys, and they said the guy started releasing shot. One to his foot and one to somewhere else and walked away,” Nicholson recounted.
As the niece held back her tears, she stated that her uncle then crawled a short distance and called out for his son, who was inside with his little sister.
“The man heard my uncle and turned back, I was told, and upon entering the front door, my cousin shut the door, but before reaching the back door, the man was already in the house and released two other shot which took the life of my uncle,” the distraught niece stated.
To this end, she called on the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to bring the man responsible for her uncle’s death to justice.
“All I am asking the Guyana Police Force is that justice be prevail and as fast as possible,” she stated while adding that McPherson was a jovial person who had a friendly personality.
MTV News Update previously reported that the father of four was sitting on a bench in front of his yard in the company of others.
A witness recalled that he was in the house when he heard a loud explosion, after which he saw the victim run inside and started shouting, “close the door.”
According to the witness, the gunman was dressed in a blue shirt, dark-colour pants, slim-built, fair in complexion, and was wearing a blue facemask.
Upon seeing the gunman, the witness said he ran into a bedroom in the house, leaving McPherson in the living room.
Two more loud explosions were heard, and then there was silence. The witness said he emerged from the bedroom shortly after and saw McPherson lying motionless in the living room.
A medical personnel pronounced the man dead on the scene, and investigators recovered two 9MM suspected spent shells.
McPherson’s body was escorted to the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, awaiting a Post Mortem Examination (PME). No one has been arrested, but the investigations are ongoing.