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regionalgravyinbetterdaysST. JOHNS — Renowned iconic cricket comic and vendor Laban Gravy Benjamin, who was shot by bandits outside his home Thursday night, said the three attackers also beat him as they tried to grab his personal belongings.

The 61-year-old said he had just arrived home around 9:30 p.m. from the cricket match between Guyana and the Leeward Islands.

“I pulled up in front my house and as soon as I stepped out the car, they jumped on me. When they ambushed me, I started wrestling with them and they started beating me. I couldn’t tell who they were because it was dark,” he recalled.

The shooting victim said his screams for help alerted neighbours, who went to his aid.

“I was bawling for somebody to come help. People turned on their lights and came out and chased them away. But when they were running, they fired the shots,” Benjamin said.

He said he felt a stinging sensation in the upper body before realising he had been shot in the upper left chest. No vital organs were damaged, medical examinations revealed. However, yesterday, he was not certain when he would be discharged from the medical centre.

His only fear now is that the perpetrators might return.

“It’s the second time I’ve been targeted by thieves and shot. About six years ago, I was driving home when they chased me down on the highway and shot up my vehicle when I refused to pull over,” Benjamin recounted tearfully from his hospital bed.

The businessman said he was shot twice in the upper body in that incident.

“It’s frightening. I could have been dead. It isn’t fair for some people to be working so hard to put food on the table and others coming with guns to bully us for our earnings,” he cried. (Antigua Observer)

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