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Monday 24 September 2018
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Jamlong staff: ‘We are traumatised’

THE staff at Jamlong Casino, in Curepe, yesterday said they were still shaken after a gunman shot two security guards before escaping on Saturday afternoon.

Staff yesterday recounted the incident, saying the man did not attempt to rob the casino, but simply entered the business place, and upon leaving, drew a gun and opened fire on unsuspecting staff members.

“Right now I am traumatised,” said one staff member. “My hands can’t stop shaking. I haven’t eaten anything since this happened. I am only drinking water. Because now we don’t know if there is someone inside with another weapon and we don’t know if some else could just come from outside with a weapon.”

Staff did not want to reveal the names of the two injured men, but said they were in a stable condition at hospital and were recuperating.

Newsday was told that better security measures were being put in place to ensure that something similar does not occur.

At about 2 pm, the suspect, dressed in a black jersey and blue jeans walked out of the casino and into the lobby with a gun in his hand, and before leaving, fired several shots at security guards who were watching the entrance. One of the men was shot in the back and the leg while the other was shot in his chest and thigh.

A video circulating on social media captured the gunman as he shot the two men. With a gun in his hand, he was seen gesturing to one of the guards to go behind the counter. When the guard complied he fired several shots at the guards and then fired other rounds in the playing area of the casino before escaping through the front door.

Police are still working on a motive behind the shooting.

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