...Murder suspect held at scene
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THE life of an alleged shooter, who threw his own mother out of her home and then shot his brother, came to an end yesterday afternoon when he was shot dead in La Horquetta.
Arima and La Horquetta CID officers, who were on the crime scene investigating the latest homicide in East Trinidad, also arrested another man for a murder that occurred in June.
Police said the man they arrested, was one of the onlookers at yesterday’s murder scene.
The latest victim, Shawn Mark, 29, was described by the police as a “pest” following his return to Trinidad and Tobago after he had been deported from the United States.
Police said around 1.50 p.m., Mark was seen talking to three men, when all three of them drew guns and shot Mark 18 times about the body, at Eric-James Avenue, Phase Three, La Horquetta.
He died on the spot a short distance from La Horquetta Police Station.
As his body lay on the hot pitch and as crime scene officers examined the area for clues, several residents gathered near the scene.
Among them was a woman who said she knew Mark very well.
She did not want to be named but said she taught him in school.
“He was always a miserable and troubled one,” she said, but added that she never thought he would have ended up dead.
She said she spoke to him a few months ago and he told her he was trying to live a good life, had a job as a painter and had settled with a “good woman”.
Expressing surprise on seeing his bullet-riddled body on the ground, she continued describing Mark as a decent person, until another woman stopped her.
“Like yuh doh have your ears to the ground,” said the other woman, who claimed that a few months ago Mark had threatened, beat and then threw his own mother out of her home.
Mark’s mother was now living with her daughter in Sangre Grande.
The woman also described how Mark shot one of his brothers who, had accosted him for throwing their mother out of her house.
The police had similar stories about Mark.
An Arima detective said Mark had seven gun-related matters pending in the Arima and Tunapuna courts, for which he was on bail.
Police also said within 15 minutes of their arrival on the murder scene, they spotted another man wanted for the murder of Devon Gibbs, 35, of Phase Six, La Horquetta, who was shot dead near his home on the night of June 22.
Officers on yesterday’s murder scene included Supt Hussain, Insp Morgan and Sgt Figaro, all of the Police Northern Division.