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Shot in head: instructor dies

Doctors were unable to save the life of driving school instructor Dale Samaroo, who was shot in the head on Monday.

Samaroo, 42, died while undergoing emergency surgery at Port of Spain General Hospital around 8.30 p.m., ten hours after the shooting.

The shooting was witnessed by a 18-year-old driving student.

Samaroo owned Samuel and Sons Driving School. Police said Samaroo had reported death threats several months ago. The matter was pursued, but no arrests were made.

Police said that at around 10.45 a.m., Samaroo was sitting in the front passenger seat of his silver Nissan B-15, assisting the female student, who was at the wheel.

A man of African descent, wearing a green shirt and brown pants, walked up to the vehicle, shot Samaroo and ran off.

The attack occurred at Ramsaran Street, within sight of Chaguanas Police Station, Chaguanas Magistrates' Court and Immigration Division office.

Police found Samaroo slumped in the passenger seat, bleeding from the wound. His student was traumatised by the incident and will receive counselling, police said.

Samaroo's wife declined to speak with the Express yesterday. However, a close friend expressed outrage over Samaroo's death.

"Imagine this happened so close to the police station and all these Government buildings and this man got away? I cannot understand this. What is the police going to do about this death? I hope they get up and start looking for the gunman, because this is a loss to many," he said.

Investigators said they have a description of the suspect and were searching for him last evening. —CK

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