Sunday 23 February, 2020

Gunmen murder female state witness in Barataria, man hospitalised

A Barataria shooting left a 21-year-old woman dead and a 31-year-old man hospitalised on Sunday night.

Reports say the incident occurred around 7:30 pm.

Veronica Franco and Kerry Fourniller were in the yard of the family home at 12th Street, Barataria when they were approached by two gunmen.

Franco ran into the house and locked the door. However, she was chased by the two assailants who kicked open the door and shot her several times.

Meanwhile, Fourniller, who remained standing in the yard, was shot to the waist.

He reportedly told police he felt the burning sensation as the men escaped on foot.

Franco succumbed to her injuries at the hospital while Fourniller remains warded.

Police say the woman was a state witness in a murder which occurred roughly two years ago.

She was said to be in a police safe house. However, she left to attend a birthday party at the family home.

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