ST. JOHN’S — Over a dozen Syrian business owners kept their city stores closed throughout yesterday as they grieve over the “senseless” killing of their compatriot, Ammar “Omar” Ghazala.
Stores on High, Market and Long streets as well as Corn Alley were not opened yesterday and many of the dead man’s relatives gathered at his brother’s Radio Range home during the morning hours and later at another relative’s home in Crosbies, a family member said.
Police said the 28-year-old chef and two patrons were inside his business, Omar’s Fast Food, on Factory Road, opposite Antigua Printing and Publishing, when the masked robber attacked them.
According to police, the perpetrator, described as slimly built, and dark in complexion, held the three at gunpoint and demanded money.
Lawmen did not say whether any cash was taken, but indicated shots were fired during the attack and Ghazala was hit multiple times in the upper body.
One of the patrons – a 31-year-old Buckley’s resident – was shot in his leg. His injury is not life-threatening, police sources said.
However, Ghazala, who relatives said lived in Antigua for about seven years, died at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre in the early morning hours yesterday. He’s the fourth person gunned down for the year. (Antigua Observer)