Contractor gunned down in Garnett Street was being trailed

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A building contractor, who was gunned down Monday night in front of the Red Bar, Garnett Street, Georgetown, was being trailed by two men on a motorcycle, one of his friends told the News Room on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at about 21:45h.  Dead is 60-year-old Peter Gonsalves, a father of three, of Pere Street, Kitty, Georgetown.

Gonsalves was shot multiple times after he tried fighting off the two men who eventually escaped with his black and white Honda XR motorcycle. Emergency Medical Technician (EMTs) pronounced Gonsalves dead at the scene.

One of Gonsalves’ employee was also on the motorcycle with him at the time of the incident but escaped unharmed.

Gonsalves’ friend of over 20 years, John Quail told the News Room that he was made to understand that Gonsalves decided to stop in front of the bar after he realised he was being followed by the bandits but the they confronted him.

“…but he is the type who don’t take pushing around and he apparently fought back and that was the end of that cause the guys had a gun.

“It was such a shocking thing to know he died that way…he was a building contractor, he was very knowledgeable in that field and he was working on my building right now,” Quail told the News Room.

According to Quail, Gonsalves was at his [Quail] house on Monday and left at about 17:30h to go home.

“Generally he does not go out in the night, he goes home and he remains home…but I understand one of the guys who worked with him wanted to go somewhere and apparently he was taking him for a ride,” Quail explained.

Police Headquarters in a statement said no one has been arrested as yet as investigations continue.

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