Car reportedly used in Festival City drive-by shooting found abandoned

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Police investigators have impounded a silver Toyota 212 car that fits the description of the car used in the drive-by shooting at Williamstad Street in Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown that claimed the life of 29-year-old Leon Duncan known as ‘Whistle’ and left his brother and two others injured.

The News Room understands that the car was found abandoned at Cauliflower Circle in South Ruimveldt Georgetown with 31 live 7.62 × 39 ammunition in a magazine, one live 9mm ammunition and one 9 mm spent shell.

Duncan called ‘Whistle’ or ‘World Boss’ was shot multiple times to his left abdomen and succumbed to his injuries. His brother, 22-year-old Shaquille Duncan called ‘Lil Shaq’ was shot to his right arm and left thigh. The brothers live at Manatee Place, South Ruimveldt.

The men were playing cards and gambling here when the shooting occurred. [News Room photo]
Meanwhile, Lawrence Simon called ‘Plait Hair’, a 34-year-old construction worker of 2104 Nutmeg Street in Festival City received gunshot wounds to the left knee and a bruise to the upper right arm while 28-year-old Orande Gordon also of Nutmeg Street, was shot to the left arm and right knee.

The News Room understands that the four men were reportedly gambling at Williamstad Street on a culvert when the car pulled up and discharged a number of gunshots and sped away.

The four men were picked up by public-spirited citizens and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.

The condition of the three injured men is regarded as stable.

The area where the shooting occurred is currently flooded as a result of heavy rain last night and this morning

Fourteen 9 mm spent shell, four 7.62 ×39 spent shell and three live 7.62 ×39 ammunition were found at the crime scene.

Police Headquarters said the areas were canvassed for possible CCTV footage and no arrests have been made at this time while the investigation continues.

Shaquille Duncan

‘Whistle’ and his brother have known characters to the Police.

‘Whistle’ was acquitted in 2016 of the murder of Imtiaz Roopnarine at the Cool Square Hotel after a 12-member jury unanimously found him not guilty of the murder.

In March 2018 he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court charged with wounding two security guards Kenrick Maynard and Jeremy Adams, during a party at the 704 parking lot February 23, 2018.

‘Whistle’ pleaded not guilty to both counts of wounding and was released on $80,000 bail on each charge.

In August 2018, ‘Whistle’ was yet again before the court on two robbery charges, discharging a loaded firearm and assaulting two police officers.

It is alleged that on July 14, 2018, in Alberttown, he robbed Nickel Pinkerton of a gold chain valued $98,000 with the use of personal violence.

It is further alleged that on April 15, 2018, at the National Gymnasium, he discharged a loaded firearm.

It is also alleged that on August 25 at Leopold Street, he unlawfully assaulted Police Constable Oswyn Shepherd and Police Officer, Deon Bascom.

‘Whistle’ was also charged in conjunction for allegedly robbing Shaneeza Hussain, a vendor, of $90,000 in cash on August 25 in 2018 at Hadfield Street, Georgetown.

Meanwhile, his brother Shaquille Duncan on February 5 allegedly robbed Morris Enmore on Mandela Avenue of a gold chain valued at $100,000.

Shaquille appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty on March 4 this year and pleaded not guilty to the armed robbery charge.

Shaquille is currently before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus for a similar charge.

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