Guyana: Mother of four shot while breastfeeding

Guyana: Mother of four shot while breastfeeding

(GUYANA CHRONICLE) — A mother of four was shot in her back in the wee hours of the morning on Monday in her Front Road, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.

At the time of the incident, her children and husband, Kevin Carter, were all at her side.

The 24-year-old woman, Alecia Henry, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where she was admitted into surgery to remove the bullet. None of her four children were injured during the shooting, even though she was reportedly breastfeeding the youngest.

It is alleged that the gunman pushed his hand through a louvre window into the family’s bedroom, which is partially shielded from the road by a zinc fence, and just pulled the trigger, sending a hail of bullets into the bedroom. When the police visited the scene, there were two holes on the wall and a bloody sheet.

According to Henry’s mother-in-law, she received a phone call in the wee hours of the morning saying that her daughter-in-law had been shot. The woman said that as soon as she got the message, she immediately went to the hospital, where she learned that Alecia was already in surgery.

Residents in the area said that men on motorcycles had ridden by at the same time the gunshots rang out.

One man said that Henry had lived in the community most of her life, and as such they were all baffled as to the motive of such an act.

“Something is very wrong; these things should not be allowed to get out of control, because if people feel unsafe, they will find wrong ways to protect themselves,” another said when asked his opinion.

Another resident said that Henry’s reputed husband had related that he’d jumped out of his sleep after hearing the explosive sounds, only to discover the mother of his children writhing in pain.


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