Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ex-gang accused fights for life after shooting


Shot in the head and chest: Ashton "Lappe" Beckles

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A 24-year-old Sangre Grande man, who was recently released after being charged under the Anti-Gang Act, remains fighting for his life at hospital after he was shot about the body early yesterday.

Ashton "Lappe" Beckles, police said, was shot in the head and chest at Wallenville Road, Guaico, Sangre Grande.

Already, police have detained three suspects in connection with the incident which has engaged the attention of officers of the Region II Homicide Bureau of Investigations.

The suspects were held in the Carapo Village, Arima, community just after lunch yesterday by officers of the Valencia CID and the Northern Division which included Acting Insp Curt Simon, Sgts Wazir Ali, Jermaline Mitchell, Cpls Junior Bernard Alana Lopez and PC Verson Jeanville.

Up to late yesterday the suspects were in custody assisting police with their investigations into the incident which police describe as gang related.

Police said around 2.45 a.m. Beckles was speaking on his cell phone at Wallenville Road, when a silver Nissan motor car with three men pulled up alongside him.

Without warning the suspects opened fire on Beckles hitting him about the body before making their escape. A report was made to the police who responded. Beckles was later taken to the Sangre Grande District Hospital where he was treated and transferred to the Eric Williams Medical sciences Complex in Mt Hope.

Beckles was one of four Sangre Grande residents who were freed on November 1 last year on charges of being alleged members of the Blue Pitt and G-Unit Gang at Wallenville Road, Sangre Grande. Cpl Lopez is probing the incident.