DESPITE being shot several times about the body, a Maloney man was able to remain conscious and promised his relatives at hospital he would survive his injuries.
However, just hours after, while being operated on, Angelo Smart, 20, died at the Port of Spain General Hospital on Saturday afternoon.
He was one of three people murdered in Laventille and Arouca in just over 12 hours. One of the victims remained unidentified up to press time last night.
A fourth person, Deodath Ramlochan of Princes Town, was stabbed to death. See story below
Smart had gone to Prizgar Lands, Laventille, to visit a friend when gunmen opened fire, hitting him five times to the back and arm.
One of his relatives, who did not want to be identified, said Smart was shot around 9.45 a.m. After being shot, the relative said Smart, who lived at Building Eight, Maloney Gardens, managed to run a short distance before collapsing. He was taken to hospital by police officers who responded to a report of shooting in the area.
Police confirmed the incident to the Express.
The relative, who visited Express House in Port of Spain yesterday, said upon hearing about the incident he went to the hospital and spoke with Smart.
The relative said Smart initially lived at Success Village, Laventille, but moved last year.
“The doctors fight to keep him alive. They fight for about four hours,” said the relative.
In the second incident, police reported that around 10.20 p.m. officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force responded to another report of shooting along Mango Alley, Trou Macaque.
Upon going to the area, they found the body of a man lying along the roadway with bullet wounds about the body.
He was placed in the police vehicle and taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
He was of East Indian descent and was wearing a light-coloured T-shirt, three-quarter jeans and a pair of white sneakers.
In Arouca, the information surrounding the death of 29-year-old Kevon Straker was sketchy, but officers said Straker was standing along the roadway when gunmen opened fire, killing him instantly.
Meanwhile, two men were also shot in Laventille and Port of Spain on Saturday.
Colin Richards, 38, of Ross Lands, St James, was driving his vehicle along the Eastern Main Road, Laventille, in company with another man when they realised the car was being shot at.
Richards was shot once in the back, while the other man escaped injury. Richards was taken to hospital where he remained warded in stable condition.
And around 12.30 p.m., Godfrey George, 64, of Mosley Place, East Dry River, Port of Spain, was standing at the corner of Prince and Nelson Streets, Port of Spain, when a lone gunman walked up to him and opened fire.
He was shot once in the left knee and was also listed in a stable condition at hospital up to yesterday evening.