The murder toll has risen to 239 for 2014 with the killing of a 35-year-old man in Laventille.
The figure for the corresponding period in 2013 was 201.
According to police reports, at about 7 p.m. on Thursday, a party of officers from the Inter Agency Task Force were on mobile patrol when they received information of a shooting along Erica Street, Laventille.
The officers responded to the report and upon arriving at the corner of Erica Street and Old St Joseph Road, they observed the body of a man lying in a pool of blood on the roadway.
The man had been shot multiple times and several spent shells were observed on the ground.
The man was eventually identified by relatives as Sheldon George of St Joseph.
At the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday, George’s relatives said they were trying to come to terms with the incident as they did not understand why anyone would want him dead.
They did note, however, that George had recently moved into the Laventille community to be with his girlfriend, and that he had mentioned previously that he had been threatened.
“He did tell us that a colleague of his tell him that it was best he move out of the area because they looking to kill him, but he never used to trouble anybody, so he never take it seriously. Maybe if he did he would be here today,” said George’s brother.
He added: “Right now all of us puzzled, because he wasn’t with any gang or anything. Wasn’t a troublesome fella. Was just quiet and kept to himself. I don’t know if they did it because he was an outsider, or if they did it because he was liming with someone that they didn’t want him spending time with. All we know is that he gone now.”