Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Good Samaritan’ slain

... took wounded neighbour to police station

AFTER being a good Samaritan, Andre Wallace was labelled an “informer” by gangsters in his area. 

Wallace, 30, is believed to have been shot dead because of this label.

Two weeks ago, Wallace dropped a neighbour, who had been shot, to Besson Street Police Station.

Gang members in the area saw this move as that of a police informer and labelled Wallace as such. 

Wallace was shot dead on Sunday night.

Around 9 p.m., officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) received a report that gun shots were heard along Laventille Road.

When the officers responded, they found Wallace slumped over the steering wheel of a white Nissan B14 motor car which was parked awkwardly on the roadway.

He was bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest.

Wallace, of Trou Macaque, Laventille, was rushed to Port of Spain General Hospital where he was treated. 

He eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Wallace was not known to police.

The main theory homicide detectives are working on is that Wallace fell afoul of gangsters following his decision to help a neighbour who was shot a couple weeks ago. 

Wallace dropped the neighbour to the police station.

Officers believe this act of kindness is responsible for Wallace’s death as he was seen as an informant as a result of it.

Wallace was a “PH” driver in the area and also a DJ at Bocas bar in Port of Spain.

He went by the name “DJ Nose”.

Wallace’s mother, Sandra Wallace, said her son was not involved in gang activity and his decision to help his neighbour was the cause for his death.

“He was not in no gang-related thing. He was not in anything like that because he done know he have a mad mother,” she said.

Wallace was her only son.

“Somebody got shot and he dropped the person to the police station and the gangsters said he looking like he is an informer,” she said.

Another relative said she had a dream a couple years ago that Wallace was shot.

Wallace was a panman, who hoped to travel overseas with a steel band next year on tour.

Investigations are continuing.