A 46-year-old businessman was shot dead while at his bar in Manzanilla over the weekend.

The deceased has been identified as Ashram Persad.

According to police reports, around 7:45pm Saturday, Persad, the proprietor of Dougie’s Bar along the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road was at his establishment when two men stormed the business place.

The men, one of whom was armed with a firearm, announced a hold up.

They then proceeded to rob the businessman and the patrons of their cash and valuables.

However, during the incident, the armed assailant discharged his firearm. Persad was hit in the stomach. The thieves then made good their escape with cash and valuables.

The police and emergency health services were notified and the wounded man was rushed to the Sangre Grande District Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.