As investigations continue into the gunning down of 21-year-old Ronsley Clarke, a mason, of Lot 181 Fire Station Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) in Sophia on Thursday evening, the Police are on the hunt for the suspect, who is popularly known as “Short Boss”.The now dead mason was gunned down outside a party in Sophia, Greater Georgetown in the presence of his girlfriend.Guyana Times understands that the victim and the suspect were known to each other and reportedly had a disagreement about a month ago while at a party in Sophia.However, on Thursday evening, Clarke was in the company of his girlfriend, Alesha Thomas at the C Field Sophia main access road when the suspect was reportedly seen “chipping” into the said party.The man quickly drew a small silver pistol from his jacket, and before an alarmDeceased: Ronsley Clarkecould have been raised, he reportedly discharged three rounds in Clarke’s direction. Two of the bullets reportedly struck the now dead man – one to a right rib and one to the right side of his upper back.The gunman then quickly made good his escape in an unknown direction while the patrons at the party ran for cover. The Police were called to the scene, and Clarke was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital by an ambulance, but was pronounced dead on arrival.A grieving Thomas told the media that she was unclear about the nature of the old grievance between the suspect and her now dead boyfriend, but maintained that it did not warrant anyone dying. She explained that after being shot, the injured man attempted to run, but collapsed a short distance away and slipped into an unconscious state.The Police have since retrieved two .32 spent shells at the scene. Investigations are on-going.
A huge wildfire in a forest region east of Sacramento expanded by 3,000 acres, fire officials reported Saturday.State fire agency Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service, which are jointly managing firefighting efforts in the area, said that nearly 5,000 firefighters continued battling the 80,000-acre King fire, which is believed to have been set intentionally.Nearly 3,000 people had been evacuated from the area, and 21,000 structures remain threatened by the week-old blaze, which was 10 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.“This fire is a monster,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said Saturday.The King fire started Sept. 13, grew for several days, and then exploded in a matter of hours Wednesday night from 27,930 acres to 71,000 acres.Warm temperatures, low humidity and forests full of extremely dry trees — the result of serious drought conditions — all contributed to the fire’s severity, Tolmachoff said.On Saturday, ground crews worked to strengthen containment lines to limit further spread of the flames. Teams fanned out to assess damage to structures.Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service crews also split the fire into two management zones, in an effort to improve logistics and reduce travel time for fire crews to reach their assignments.