Running feud ends in tragedy

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Ronsley Alphonso Clarke, who was shot dead in Sophia

– as one friend shoots another to death

AN alleged long-standing feud between two friends ended on Thursday night with a 21-year-old being shot twice about his body by his assailant.

Dead is Ronsley Alphonso Clarke of Fire Station Area, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.
Clarke’s sister told the Guyana Chronicle during an interview at the Turkeyen Police Station that she was at home when she received word that her brother was injured.

She said the first caller told her that her brother was fine, and was being taken to the hospital, but shortly thereafter she received another call saying that he was dead.
The young woman explained that she travelled all the way from Timehri to meet with the police in town and provide them with a statement about what she knows of the attacker, as he was spotted on several occasions in Timehri.

Asked whether she knew about an alleged feud between the two men, she claimed she knew of no such thing, nor does she know her brother and the suspect to be friends.
However, a man who gave his name as Jason and claimed to have been with Clarke when he was shot, said that the deceased and the assailant were friends, but had on-and-off fights over some kind of issue which neither of them ever spoke about.
Recalling what occurred on Thursday night, Jason said that he and Clarke were at a party at a place in ‘C’ Field Sophia called ‘Pocket Corner,’ when the assailant came running towards them and opened fire.

He further recalled that there were more than 30 persons around at the time of the incident.

Jason said that after the shooting, the assailant ran towards a motorcycle which was parked a short distance away, and calmly rode away from the scene.
The police has since issued a press release in which they’ve identified Clarke as being a mason.

They have also put the time of the shooting at around 19:30hrs and the place where it happened as ‘C’ Field Access Road, while confirming that the two men were indeed acquaintances.

According to the release, the deceased was in the company of his girlfriend when the shooting took place.

He was reportedly shot in the right side of his body, and while his girlfriend was at the police station on Friday, she did not speak with this publication as she claimed she was too distraught to do so.

The suspect, whose name has been given as ‘Short Boss’, is said to be still in hiding as the police continue their hunt for him.