Incident Summary:

9/25/2002: Four unidentified gunmen opened fire at a popular bar in Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana. The assailants pulled up to the bar in a vehicle and opened fire with automatic weapons. Four people were killed and six were injured. One of the injured victims was Denis Hanoman-Singh, Guyana's chief prosecutor. Authorities believe that he might have been the target of the attack.

GTD ID:
200209260002

When:
2002-09-25

Country:
Guyana

Region:
South America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Demerara-Mahaica

City:
Near Georgetown

Location Details:
The incident occurred on Pike Street in the Kitty area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity A Georgetown bar
Specific Description Natoo's Bar on the outskirts of Georgetown
Nationality of Target Guyana
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Guyana's chief prosecutor
Specific Description Denis Hanoman-Singh, Guyana's chief prosecutor
Nationality of Target Guyana
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians at a bar in Georgetown
Nationality of Target Guyana
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
The assailants opened fire with automatic weapons
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The prosecutor was also involved in high-profile cases that could have perpetrated an assassination attempt.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gunmen No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Bert Wilkinson, "Gunmen open fire in a bar popular with Guyana's ruling party, four killed, several injured," Associated Press Newswires, September 26, 2002."
"Unidentified gunmen shoot chief prosecutor, nine others," Agence France-Presse, September 26, 2002."