POLICE arrested a total of 12 men during a series of raids in east Port of Spain, Laventille, Sea Lots and Beetham Gardens between midnight on Wednesday and 7 a.m. yesterday.
Police said that among the dozen, seven could be described as “major players” in the gangland activity currently plaguing the capital city and its environs.
More than two weeks of shoot-outs culminated this week in the murder of four people, including Rasheeda Gomez a pregnant 16-year-old girl who was shot dead at her boyfriend’s Duncan Street apartment on Wednesday afternoon.
The 12 men were first taken to Besson Street Police Station and then moved to an unnamed facility, where they were being questioned up to last night.
Of the fallen, Sean Lewis, the father of one of Wednesday’s murder victims, Sean Lewis Jnr, said yesterday that his son was one of the most loving, respectful people anyone could meet and he does not understand why anyone wanted him dead.
Around 3.15 p.m. on Wednesday, gunmen sought out Lewis, who was working on a car at a mechanic’s shop at Trotman Street, Laventille.
They found him and shot him several times about the body, killing him on the spot.
Police said that although the reason for the murder of Lewis was gang-related, they explained that he was killed for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
They added that they did not have any information about Lewis being involved in a gang.
The man’s distraught father was at the Forensic Science Centre where he had gone to witness the post-mortem examination of his son’s body.
“My son was doing mechanic and you already know it is Laventille we are living so I always put him in a good direction. and as for the gang thing, he was never on that,” said Lewis Senior.
“Everyday my son was getting up happy to go to work and I even tried my best to keep him far from the bad elements but yesterday (Wednesday) they come and they find him. Do you think that is really fair?”
He said his son had ambitions of joining the Regiment.