The Guyana Police Force is yet to seek advice on whether to institute charges against the Tucville, Georgetown, man who opened fire on a car that pulled up in front of his gate, killing one person and injuring another.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, acting Crime Chief Hugh Jessemy explained that the investigation in the matter is ongoing and that the Police are awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination before they seek advice on whether to charge the suspect.Dead: Colin Malcolm PerrieraMeanwhile, the woman who was also injured in the shooting is still hospitalised. On Tuesday, sometime around 21:00h, 24-year-old Colin Perriera of Barr Street, Kitty, was in a motor car which was being driven by his colleague, Gailall Chacon, 20, of Port Kaituma, when they drove onto the bridge of a Tucville house in an attempt to reverse.However, as they were about to reverse off of the bridge, the car was riddled with bullets by the owner of the property, causing Perriera to sustain three gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen while Chacon was shot to her abdomen.Based on reports received, the shooter, who has since been taken into Police custody, allegedly claimed that he thought the occupants of the heavily tinted car were going to commit a robbery on his property; hence he opened fire on the vehicle.The shooter told investigators that he was in the yard when he saw the vehicle and whipped out his firearm and discharged several rounds as the car drove onto his bridge.However, it was reported that Perriera managed to exit the car and ran to safety but the businessman kept discharging rounds at him. He eventually collapsed in front of a house a short distance away.A teenager, who was standing where the man collapsed, explained that after the man dropped to the roadway, he called out for help and told them that someone else was also shot.“He said that he was shot so we called 911 but like after 20 minutes a Police vehicle pull up and they take them to the hospital… he was still alive when the vehicle left but they pronounce he dead at the hospital”.According to the teen, while waiting for the Police, several persons went to the car where they saw the young lady lying in a pool of blood. She too was rushed to the hospital where she remains a patient.
But Barbara Polland,… professor of child and adolescent development at Cal State Northridge, sees nothing overtly harmful in traditional Halloween fare like haunted houses and scary costumes. In fact, Halloween can be somewhat therapeutic for some children. “Children in costume who normally are shy can laugh, be silly and speak out, or say `trick or treat,’ when normally they wouldn’t say such a thing,” she said. “They also get to get a bag of goodies that normally would be restricted.” In her work, Polland said, she has never seen children suffering any long-term emotional or psychological affects from celebrating Halloween. “Even something like a haunted house is usually just a harmless adrenalin rush or excitement that lasts for that night,” she said. “Halloween is a fun time, a release for kids.” Children attending Calvary Chapel of La Mirada’s Halloween alternative party can wear costumes, but with caution, said Ronnie Mitchell,… the church’s youth pastor. “We ask that the costumes not be scary,” said Mitchell. “Something like Bugs Bunny would be preferable.” Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While other teens are running around as monsters and bloody vampires on Halloween, Joseph Arista …will be at his church’s annual Harvest Festival. The 18-year-old Alhambra teen, who attends Calvary Chapel Montebello, said he’d rather be there, “hanging out with friends, riding on carnival rides and playing games,” than amid “all the blood and gore” of a typical Halloween bash. “I think Halloween is Satan’s day to mess with everybody,” Arista said. Halloween, with its likely roots in pre-Christian Celtic traditions that celebrated the end of summer and honored communities’ dead, has always been a counter-culture occasion for Christians like Arista. But in a year of tsunamis, hurricanes and global strife, religious leaders see a more pressing need than ever to provide tamer, church-based alternatives. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In the Whittier area on Halloween, at least five Christian congregations are sponsoring such no-gore fests. “On a global scale, with the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the Iraq war and 9/11 and, closer to home, with drug abuse and marital discord, there is the feeling this is not a safe world we live in anymore,” said Loren Lew, …an administrator at Calvary Chapel Montebello. “We want to give people a positive experience, instead of scaring the heck out of them.” Doug Hardin, …a youth pastor at Morningstar Christian Chapel in Whittier, said Christian churches have a duty to offer anti-Halloween events, not only for their members but for the wider community. “If you look at the history of Halloween, it is a pagan celebration. The Bible teaches us to celebrate life, not death,” he said. That’s the background message in East Whittier United Methodist Church’s Hallo-Lujah Harvest Festival, said Ed Plant,… the church’s administrative assistant. “Our response to a night when violence is honored is to stress the positive and good,” he said.