Shot dead: Sherlene Charles

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MOM SHOT DEAD

...daughter in critical condition, suspect on the run

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

A 37-year-old Ste Madeleine mother was gunned down and her daughter left in critical condition at hospital after a close male relative allegedly shot them in their house last night.

The deceased, Sherlene Charles, of Tarrodale, and her 14-year-old daughter, were asleep when the killer broke into their home.

According to police, at around 11 p.m. Charles, a kitchen assistant at Royal Palm Hotel in San Fernando, her daughter, and three other relatives were in their bedrooms when they were awakened by a noise in the house.

Police said the relatives went to investigate and found a window broken and the close male relative standing in the living room with a firearm.

The suspect shot at Charles and her daughter and fled. Charles, police said, was shot in the abdomen and hand, while her daughter was hit in the chest and shoulder.

Charles was pronounced dead at the scene by district medical officer Dr Ragoobar. Her daughter is warded at hospital in critical condition.
Police said they recovered four spent nine millimetre shells at the crime scene.

The suspect, a 35-year-old man, is on the run. Police said they were told that Charles had been separated from her husband for three months. An autopsy is expected to be conducted on her body today.
Cpl Ramlogan of Ste Madeleine is investigating.

(Multimedia Desk - richard.charan@trinidadexpress.com)
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