GEORGETOWN –– Well-known promoter Manu Durant, 40, of Atlantic Ville, East Coast Demerara, was fatally shot about 4 a.m. in the Baroombar Club, North Road, Georgetown.
According to information received, the now dead man and another patron of the nightclub had an argument over an old grievance, which led to a scuffle.
During the scuffle, Durant reportedly whipped out a gun from his waist and discharged a round at the patron, but missed. The suspect, who was also in possession of a firearm, then discharged several rounds in the direction of Durant, hitting him once in his chest, and then walked out of the strip club.
He is yet to be arrested by the Police.
The injured man was taken to the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries about 9 a.m.
When Guyana Times arrived at the private hospital, several of the man’s friends were seen milling around, but did not offer any comments.
One man who claimed to be a relative of the dead man stated that he received the news of the shooting about 7 a.m. and immediately rushed to the hospital. As he arrived, he saw several other relatives and was told that Durant was in critical condition.
He stated that after some time, they received news that the man did not make it. The father of four reportedly left home on Wednesday evening to meet with a few friends, but never returned home. Attempts to solicit a comment from the dead man’s immediate family proved futile.
Durant was a promoter who brought in several regional artistes to perform at shows in Buxton and other villages along the East Coast of Demerara.
Police in a release stated that they were investigating the murder of Durant.
Back in 2008, police had issued a wanted bulletin for Durant for the alleged kidnapping of Buxton teen Tenisha Morgan, who was at the time the girlfriend of Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins.
It is believed that it was the abduction of the teen that triggered Rawlins’ rage causing the Lusignan and Bartica massacres.
Durant later survived a shooting incident in July, 2009, outside a nightclub.