Prison escapee in East Coast shooting spree
Guyana Chronicle
April 28, 2002

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POLICE, backed by the Army in an intensive hunt for the killer gang that escaped February 23 from the Georgetown Prison, yesterday said a gang member was in a shooting spree in an East Coast Demerara village Friday night.

Police said Shawn Brown was involved in the shooting of two persons in Friendship and they were investigating.

The two were treated for gunshot wounds at the Georgetown Hospital and discharged, Police said.

In a press release, Police said that at about 21:20 hrs Friday, Brown and an accomplice, Compton Cambridge, who is also wanted in connection with a series of robberies, were reported to have gone to the home of Carlotta Chester, of Lot 56 (A) Friendship and fired several rounds at the house.

Brian Chester, 37, who was in the house at the time, was wounded by bullets in his head and right foot, Police said.

"About 10 minutes later, the two men proceeded to the home of Dionne Glasgow, who is the reputed wife of Brian Chester, at Lot 144 Brush Dam, Friendship...where they discharged several rounds at the house hitting Glasgow on the right foot below the knee," the press release said.

According to the Police, the two wounded persons were taken to the Georgetown Hospital where they were treated and sent away.

Brown is a member of the gang of five heavily armed and dangerous prisoners on the run who have so far managed to elude the Joint Services dragnet to recapture them.

Police are offering a $10M reward for information leading to their recapture.

The five escapees - Troy Dick, Dale Moore, Andrew Douglas, Mark Fraser and Brown - have been linked to several car hijackings and robberies since their daring daylight escape from the Georgetown Prison.

Police said the gang was involved in the killing of well-known anti-crime fighter, Police Superintendent Leon Fraser on April 2 when he and other cops closed in on a car partly hidden in a clump of bushes at Yarowkabra on the Linden/Soesdyke highway.

Fraser, shot in the head, was the second murder victim of the band which also killed Prison Officer Troy Williams, 21, when it broke out of the Georgetown jail.

One of the five also shot Woman Prison Officer, Roxanne Whinfield, 36, in the head as they fled and she remains in critical condition at a medical institution overseas.

There has been an escalation in criminal activities in and around Georgetown and specific areas along the East Coast Demerara since the dramatic escape by the prisoners.

The Police Force has been maintaining a constant presence in and around the Buxton/Friendship area.

A Police source told the Chronicle yesterday that patrols were in the problem-prone Buxton/Friendship areas and the Police are maintaining a presence on the East Coast public road.