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One arrested, Police hunting for other shooters at ‘Baderation’ Dancehall Concert

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has arrested a vendor from East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, after finding an illegal 9mm firearm with one suspected live 9mm round of ammunition at the “Skeng Baderation Dancehall Concert,” which was held at the National Park on Friday.

The concert, which featured artiste Kevaun Douglas known as “Skeng,” came to an abrupt end as gunshots were heard and bottles were thrown when he began singing his song, “Protocol.”

Following the ringing of gunshots, the event, which was filled to capacity, saw patrons scrambling for cover.

Meanwhile, the GPF said a meeting was summoned this morning by the Commissioner of Police (acting) Clifton Hicken in the Commissioner’s Conference Room at Force Headquarters, Eve Leary.

The meeting was called to deal with the security breach and subsequent discharge of gunshots.

Among those present was Deputy Commissioner of ‘Administration’ Calvin Brutus, Deputy Commissioner of Operations Ravindradat Budhram, Head of Special Branch Errol Watts, Commander for Regional Division 4 ‘A’ Simon McBean, and promoter of the concert Rawle Ferguson from Hits and Jams Entertainment.

“The security posture (and lack thereof) at the event were discussed, and recommendations were made for strict compliance prior to the hosting of any other such events in the future.”

The Police Force is also reviewing CCTV cameras and videos circulating on social media to identify and arrest persons who discharged rounds in the air at the event.

“The Guyana Police Force is also appealing to the general public or anyone who might have knowledge or information (maybe phone videos) to share with the police as this will assist investigators in identifying the perpetrator(s) who fired shots at the event that caused chaos and panic,” the missive concluded.


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