Long Creek shooting: Woman shot to neck, man found with gunshot wound to head

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Police suspect that murder/ suicide transpired after a couple was found dead at Long Creek, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, on Monday morning.

In a statement on Monday, the Guyana Police Force said an investigation was launched into the alleged murder/suicide which occurred between 00:30 hrs and 06:30 hrs on Monday.

Ajay Budhan, a 26-year-old Farmer of Long Creek Soesdyke/Linden Highway and Ashley Singh, an 18-year-old female from Soesdyke, the two deceased persons, shared a relationship.

Investigations revealed that Budhan was a licensed firearm holder of a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun and the owner of a white Toyota Tundra (#GAD 8403). Enquiries revealed that at around 00:30 hrs, the two left a resort located at Hillfoot, Soesdyke Linden Highway, in Budhan’s vehicle.

They were later discovered, dead, by a 23-year-old labourer of Long Creek, who was riding a motorcycle that he had borrowed from a friend when he saw the white Tundra parked on the northern side of a trail with its lights on and what appeared to be a bullet hole in the right side front door glass. He became suspicious and reported this to the Police.

Subsequently, the Police arrived at the scene and found Singh’s lifeless body, slumped in the right-side front seat with what appeared to be a gunshot entry wound on the right side neck and an exit wound to the left side neck and shoulder.

Meanwhile, Budhan was found on the ground, face up, on the left side of the vehicle, with a gunshot wound to the right side of his head. To the right of his body was his shotgun.

The shotgun was examined, and a round was found in the breach. There were 18 empty 12-gauge casings and nine live 12-gauge cartridges recovered at the scene. Two Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max cellphones were recovered, one belonging to the couple.

The body of Ajay Budhan was identified by Aaron Budhan, a 30-year-old Farmer of Loo Creek, to be that of his brother, while the body of Singh was identified by her cousin, Roland Baya, a 29-year-old of Hillfoot, Soesdyke Linden Highway.

The bodies were escorted to the Diamond Diagnostic Center, where they were pronounced dead by a doctor. The bodies are currently at the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, awaiting a post-mortem examination.

Investigations are ongoing continue.

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