A 51-YEAR-old San Fernando ex-convict was gunned down on Monday while purchasing a meal from a restaurant and bar near his home.
Trevlon Joseph, of Drayton Street, was shot dead by a lone gunman who pounced on him in the business place.
The killing of Joseph, a father of three, occurred three buildings away from the office of the Homicide Division on Coffee Street, and obliquely opposite to his home.
According to police, at around 8.25 p.m., Joseph was at Lai King Chinese Restaurant and Bar on the corner of Drayton and Coffee streets, where he ordered a meal.
Police said a man entered the premises, placed a gun to Joseph’s head and pulled the trigger.
Joseph collapsed on the floor, and the killer escaped on foot.
Police said they were told that there were other customers in the restaurant and bar, but no witnesses came forward to give information or a statement to investigators.
Restaurant owner Joanna Ning told the Express: “I went in the back to get the food. I heard loud noises and I thought they were fireworks”.
Terry Ann Matas, who knew Joseph, said: “He came out of jail about a year and a half ago. But he would hardly be around this area, so I don’t know if he was in any kind of trouble or not.”
Police said Joseph had a criminal record for breaking and entering and petty crimes.
People along Coffee Street remembered Joseph would run along the street carrying a rugby ball. “People thought he was mad, some thought he was interesting. He liked sports, especially rugby. And that was his thing to run up and down the street with the rugby ball,” a man said.
Visiting the scene were Superintendent of Police of the Southern Police Division Cecil Santana, Inspector Peter DeBoulet and others of the San Fernando CID, and Homicide Division (South).
An autopsy was expected to be performed on his body yesterday at the Forensic Sciences Centre.