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Woman shot in bar by licensed gun owner recuperating

Rame­sar said she was on­ly al­lowed to eat solids yes­ter­day but her body is sore. While Rame­sar was ad­vised by doc­tors that she would make a full re­cov­ery, she will be seek­ing a sec­ond opin­ion on whether or not the bul­let can be re­moved

The woman who was shot af­ter a pa­tron’s gun re­port­ed­ly ac­ci­den­tal­ly dis­charged in a restau­rant and bar over the week­end, says pa­trons should be screened for weapons be­fore en­ter­ing these es­tab­lish­ments.

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In a tele­phone in­ter­view from her hos­pi­tal bed on Mon­day, Crys­tal Rame­sar said con­trary to re­ports, she was shot in the stom­ach, not the leg. How­ev­er, doc­tors at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal have told her they will be un­able to re­move the bul­let.

“It is lodged in my mus­cle so if try to take it out, it will cause more com­pli­ca­tions. They are hop­ing that it will come up to the sur­face over time,” the 28-year-old re­al es­tate agent said.

The in­ci­dent took place short­ly be­fore 4 am on Sun­day, while Rame­sar was at Ris­ing Star Restau­rant Grill and Hookah Lounge at Hil­da Laz­zari Ter­race in San Fer­nan­do.

How­ev­er, there are dif­fer­ent ver­sions of what tran­spired. The po­lice re­port stat­ed that a 36-year-old con­trac­tor from Gol­con­da, the hold­er of a firearm user’s li­cense (FUL), stood up from a barstool to ad­just his cloth­ing and the gun ac­ci­den­tal­ly went off. The re­port said Rame­sar was seat­ed in the din­ing room area, when she was shot on the left up­per thigh.

How­ev­er, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the pro­pri­etor Chan­dri­ka Per­sad, the man was at the bar hav­ing drinks with his friends and mo­ments be­fore the shoot­ing, he was al­leged­ly seen ad­just­ing his gun. It stat­ed that Rame­sar was shot in her leg while re­turn­ing from the re­stroom.

Rame­sar yes­ter­day could not re­call whether she was stand­ing or sit­ting when she was shot.

“I could have been stand­ing at the ta­ble. It hap­pened quick­ly. I heard a loud noise and I felt a sting in my ab­domen.

“I thought some­one had popped a bot­tle of cham­pagne near­by and the cork had hit me. Then I re­alised peo­ple were pan­ick­ing be­cause some­thing was wrong.

“I walked across to my cousin who was at the time pay­ing the bill. I felt my stom­ach and I saw the blood,” she said.

Rame­sar said a wait­ress then took her to the stock room.

She said, “That’s when we re­alised that there was a bul­let wound. We tried call­ing the am­bu­lance but we could not get through. My cousin put me in his ve­hi­cle and took me to the hos­pi­tal.”

She said it was the first time she had gone to the es­tab­lish­ment since the re­stric­tions were lift­ed.

Rame­sar said she was on­ly al­lowed to eat solids yes­ter­day but her body is sore. While Rame­sar was ad­vised by doc­tors that she would make a full re­cov­ery, she will be seek­ing a sec­ond opin­ion on whether or not the bul­let can be re­moved.

The man was ques­tioned and re­leased by po­lice pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In his state­ment, the pro­pri­etor re­mind­ed cus­tomers that weapons were not al­lowed in his busi­ness place. Cpl Grif­fith of the San Fer­nan­do CID is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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