GEORGETOWN –– A senior Rubis Guyana Inc. employee was shot dead at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in his Lot 262 Jamoon Drive, Meadowbrook home, allegedly by a lone gunman who fled with his victim’s jewellery and licensed firearm.
Jason Cort, a 27-year-old account executive, was shot in the chest shortly after arriving home with his fiancée Shauna Garraway. He died subsequently at the Balwant Singh Hospital.
Police recovered a 9mm casing from the scene.
Information suggests that Cort confronted the gunman near the kitchen area, apparently after leaving the southern door open. Police suspect that the accountant was trying to draw his firearm when the intruder shot him.
The slain executive’s holster was found on the floor.
Kaieteur News understands that the couple, who have a two-year-old son, had just come from a Kingston location, and were reportedly preparing to head to another venue on the East Bank of Demerara.
Cort’s fiancée Shauna Garraway told Kaieteur News that after they had arrived home, she went to the top flat, while Cort remained in the bottom.
“I was about to come downstairs when I heard a gunshot. I then heard Jason cry out, and someone [else] said, ‘Where the money? Give me the money’.”
Garraway said that she hid under a bed, while frantically trying to contact the police,
relatives and friends. She said she eventually contacted her mother, who summoned the police. She also contacted one of her fiancé’s friends, but remained in hiding, since she was still hearing the intruder’s footsteps.
The friend eventually arrived and found Cort lying in the house, near the southern doorway in the bottom flat. The wounded man was rushed to the Balwant Singh Hospital, where he succumbed.
Garraway said that the killer(s) made off with her fiancé’s licensed firearm, his gold band, chain and ring, and an Xbox console.
She believes that Cort may have left the southern door open when they arrived home. She could not recall hearing any vehicle leaving the area after her fiancé was shot.
Cort had worked for about four years at Rubis Guyana Inc.
Kaieteur News understands that police have received several recent reports about robberies and burglaries in the section of Meadowbrook Gardens where the slain man resided.
With Wednesday night’s brazen killing, the number of homicides for the year has now risen to 76. Guns were used in at least 26 slayings, with at least 11 of these deaths being execution-style killings.
The Guyana Police Force recently stated that 66 murders were recorded at the end of May, 2015, in comparison to 59 murders at the end of May, 2014.