Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cops: Target missed, partner killed instead

Shooting gone wrong


reaching out: PC Thompson of the Besson Street Police Station consoles the mother of Akino Bascombe who was killed at Wharton Street, Laventille, yesterday afternoon. —Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank

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TWO men went to the Laventille area yesterday with the intention of killing another man.

They focused their attention on their intended target before coming out of a white B-13 car.

The men started to shoot but the person they had come to kill was not hit and managed to escape.

However, one of the gunmen was not so lucky. He was shot behind the head and in the back from bullets coming from the other gunman's weapon "by mistake".

This was how police related the shooting death of 27-year-old Akino "Blacks" Bascombe who was gunned down at Upper Wharton Street around 1.30 p.m.

He was killed instantly.

His body was found lying face-down next to a drain a short distance from where the car had pulled up earlier, police said.

After shooting Bascombe, the other gunman jumped back into the car and sped off, leaving his friend behind.

When the Sunday Express visited the scene yesterday, crime scene detectives were processing the area, looking for clues.

A team of officers from the Besson Street Police Station, Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) and Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headed by ASP Ajith Persad also visited the scene and carried out enquiries.

Bascombe's body was removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy is expected to take place tomorrow.