Blind man among two shot dead

By Rickie Ramdass

A BLIND man was among two people who were gunned down at Trou Macaque, Laventille, yesterday in separate incidents.
One other man was injured and remained warded in a serious condition at Port of Spain General Hospital yesterday evening.
Dead are Curtis Lewis, 44, and Neil Williams, 35, both of Trou Macaque. Their killings have taken the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 401.
In the first incident, police reported that around 11.30 a.m., Williams and another man identified as Sheldon John, 32, were liming with a group of people along Trou Macaque Road, close to the community centre, when two men approached and opened fire.
Williams and John were both shot with Williams being pronounced dead on the scene and John being rushed to hospital.
Officers said there was an on-going war between gang members from upper and lower Trou Macaque and believed Williams was killed in order to send a message to warring factions. Williams and John were not known to be involved in criminal activities.
In the second incident, Lewis was shot dead at Boxhill Trace around 2 p.m. said police.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday evening, Lewis’s sister, Roxanne, told the Express she did not know who would want her brother dead.
“Who would really want to kill a blind man?” she asked.
The woman said she was told Lewis was walking along a track in the area in the company of his father when he (Lewis’s father) was stopped by a man to hold a conversation.
Lewis, she said, continued walking and shortly after, several loud explosions were heard. Lewis was later found lying along the roadway with gunshot wounds to the body, she said.
Officers who were in the area investigating Williams’s murder arrived on the scene within seconds, but Lewis was already dead, she said.
“He was blind but everybody would wonder if he was really blind because he used to do everything for himself. My brother was blind and he was loud. You could hear his mouth from a mile away. Everybody in the area knew him and he was a real down-to-earth person,” said Roxanne.
Officers said they have not established a motive for his killing. They said they did not believe it was a reprisal for the earlier murder.
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