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Guyana man goes 'berserk' in shooting rampage

13 November 2013, 15:15

Georgetown - A gold miner fatally shot four people, including two police officers, before apparently killing himself in a shooting rampage on Tuesday in Guyana's coastal capital.

Deryck Kanhai, aged 51, barricaded himself in his second-story apartment above a taxi company in the afternoon and began randomly firing bullets into two streets in Georgetown, police said.

The shots killed a woman and a man before police officers arrived, authorities said. Kanhai then fatally shot two officers during a more than two-hour standoff.

Kanhai, a licensed gun holder, might have finally ended the standoff by fatally shooting himself, but the cause of his death was still under investigation, authorities said. A shotgun and two pistols were recovered by police

Terrified people hid inside businesses and homes as dozens of shots were exchanged between the shooter and police on Middle Street, one of Georgetown's main commercial centres. Teargas canisters were also used by police.

The motive for the shooting rampage was unclear. Police said only that Kanhai had "apparently gone berserk".

The Guyana Police Force offered condolences to the relatives of the two slain officers and the two dead civilians.

Guyana, a country of nearly 800 000 inhabitants, is on South America's northern shoulder and roughly 90% of its people live along the coast.

- AP

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