With the deaths of a 39-year-old vendor and 23-year-old labourer, in separate shooting incidents in Laventille between Thursday night and yesterday afternoon, the murder toll for the year to date has been pushed to 143.
The latest incident took place at about 1 p.m. yesterday, on the rooftop of building 18-22, Mango Rose, Laventille.
Residents reported hearing several loud explosions coming from the top of the building and upon investigating, a man was observed running from the stairwells towards Nelson Street, Port of Spain.
The residents soon discovered 23-year-old Jerome Gulston lying on the rooftop, bleeding from several injuries to his body.
The police were notified and a party of officers alongside officials from the Emergency Health Services responded.
Gulston was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
He was said to be well known to the police.
Less than 13 hours before, Port of Spain Division police were called out to a shooting incident along Rigault Street, Laventille.
Police reported that at about 10.15 p.m., residents heard gunshots and, on checking, they found Danny Goveia and 24-year-old Gervon McBean lying on the ground, bleeding from several gunshot injuries.
The police and Emergency Health Services were notified and a party of officers from the Inter-Agency Task Force responded and took the wounded men to the Port of Spain General Hospital.
However, Goveia succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
Up to press time yesterday, McBean was still at the hospital in a serious condition.
Goveia’s body was removed to the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park where an autopsy was performed yesterday to confirm the cause of death.
At the centre, relatives declined to speak to the media, saying they were too distraught.
Goveia is the third man to die near a vending stall since last month.
On Monday night, Point Fortin vendor Dane Joseph was gunned down at his vegetable stall.
Joseph, 38, a father of three, was loading dasheen onto his pick-up truck at about 7.15 p.m. when a man walked by pretending to be a customer. As Joseph was about to get into his vehicle, police said the same man suddenly shot Joseph in the stomach before fleeing the scene.
The father of three was rushed to the Point Fortin Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries a short while later.
On March 20, Barry Maloney, 35, of Cunupia, was shot dead while operating his fruit and vegetable stall.
Police said Maloney was at the stall, at the corner of Paul Augustus Road and Chin Chin Road, when a gunman approached and fired several shots.
Maloney was shot in his jaw and chest and died at the scene.