A 17-year-old Sport Ministry LifeSport programme drop-out was shot dead outside a bar at St Margaret’s, Claxton Bay, early yesterday as a message to his imprisoned brother, police believe.
Michael “Chucky” Miguel, of Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, was shot four times in the head and chest.
Two other men, Wayne Richards and Shakeel Duncan, both in their 20s, were also wounded and are being treated at hospital.
The killing occurred around 3.30 a.m. near Side Bar, and police believe that warfare between gangs in Pleasantville, and “Broadway” (Embacadere, Independence Avenue and Lady Hailes Avenue) led to the teenager’s killing.
Miguel’s 19-year-old sister, who did not give her name, said that his friends picked him up at around 2 a.m. and the group went to the bar.
Police said that while liming in the bar, a man walked in and asked if Miguel was related to the person he was looking for. Witnesses told detectives that there was an altercation in the bar, and the man pulled a gun on Miguel who had a strong resemblance to his brother. Miguel ran out from the bar and fell near a drain. The gunman ran towards him and shot him multiple times. Richards and Duncan were also shot at as they ran from the gunman, and were wounded in their legs.
Miguel was pronounced dead at the scene, while Richards and Duncan were taken to the San Fernando General Hospital.
Detectives said the person the killer was looking for, had been sent to jail two weeks ago, but it may have not been known. Police believe that the killing was to send a message to Miguel’s brother.
Miguel’s sister said that he had dropped out of secondary school, and became involved in the LifeSport Programme in Pleasantville. She said he also dropped out of that programme last year after a fight near the compound of the Pleasantville Community Centre where the programme was being hosted.