Man killed during armed robbery

Wadeson Augustine, 26, the manager of Grace of God Convenience Store on Miami Street, died after being shot in the head during a botched robbery on Thursday night.

Police said a lone gunman held up the store around 7 p.m.

A struggle ensued between the robber and Augustine, police said, which resulted in Augustine being shot.

Augustine was transported to hospital where he later died.

“I stopped my car in the road,” Kadesha Theofile, Augustine’s cousin, told The Nassau Guardian.

“I [ran] out and they told me someone got [shot]. I thought it was my husband or Wadeson they were referring to. One of our friends said it was Wadeson and that they shot him in his head. After that, I just drop down on the floor.”

She added, “They come in the shop and they [stole] a pack of cigarettes and couple dollars, pocket change. They [stole] pocket change and they [shot] him for that. They [shot] him in his head for a cigarette and pocket change.”

Theofile described the shooting as “senseless”.

She noted that this wasn’t the first time the store was robbed.

“This the third time we got robbed. The third time,” she said.

“So, we started to lock the door, you know, because we didn’t want people entering the store without wearing masks too. We locked the door. He (the gunman) just came and acted like he was buying something.” 

Theofile said her cousin was a Christian man who stayed to himself.

She said they were close.

When asked what she will miss the most about him, Theofile replied, “Everything.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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