Friday, December 15, 2017

Security guard shot dead

A 38-year-old security guard was shot and killed at his workplace on Tuesday night.

Darryl Baptiste was on duty at Lucky Seven Bar, St Clements Junction, Ste Madeleine, when a group of men walked in around 9.30 p.m.

Police said Baptiste was involved in an altercation with the men, who fired two shots, hitting him in the abdomen.

Baptiste, a father of one, followed the men into the carpark and was shot a third time, police said.

He was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police have since arrested four men who were detained at around midnight. The men are aged between 21 and 32.

Baptiste lived with his wife, Salisha Young, at Tarodale Hills. The couple had no children together.

Young, 36, said her husband was transferred from another location to the bar two months ago.

“He worked with the Chinese people for about a year and when the bar opened they sent him there,” she said.

Young said her husband never complained of threats to his life and was loved by everyone.

“He was a joyful, happy man. He said he wanted to eat a pork sandwich and I bought one and carry it for him. He ate the sandwich and then I told him I was going to a wake in Broadway (San Fernando,” she said.

“I reach the wake and people start asking me if it was true what happened to my husband. Then I started to believe and I went to the hospital and found out he was shot and he died,” she said.

This brings the murder toll for the year to 189. The toll for the comparable period in 2013 was 161. Southern Homicide detectives are investigating.