Three more gunned down
Rickie Ramdass firstname.lastname@example.org
THREE men were murdered in two separate shooting incidents in Diego Martin and Morvant between Saturday night and early yesterday morning.
Up to press time last night, the Morvant murder victim remained unidentified as no one had come forward to view his body.
The latest spate of killings has pushed the murder toll for the year to date to 376, according to an Express count.
In the first incident, 36-year-old Robert “Ming” Awong was seated in the yard of one of his neighbours with some other men around 7.30 p.m., when a car pulled up and the occupants opened fire.
Awong, who was unemployed and lived at Green Hill Village, along Diego Martin Main Road, was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two other members of the group, Norris Harrison and Mario Charles, both of Diego Martin, were also shot.
They were both rushed to Port of Spain General Hospital, where Harrison was pronounced dead.
Charles remained in a serious condition at hospital last night, said police.
Speaking to reporters at her home yesterday, Awong’s sister, Allana Awong, said she last saw her brother alive around 6 p.m.
“He woke up around six and said he was going by the neighbour. Sometime after I just started hearing a whole set of explosions like firecrackers. That had to be a machine gun or something,” said Allana.
She said after hearing the shots she did not venture outside as she did not believe her brother was shot.
She said it was only after a couple of minutes that another neighbour called out to her and informed her of what had transpired.
“I have never experienced something like this before and I never thought it would have happened to my family,” she said.
Allana described her brother as a humble, friendly and quiet but intelligent person who would do anything for others.
“He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said.
In the other incident, a man was gunned down at Pelican Extension early yesterday morning.
At around 2 a.m., the man was standing along the roadway in the company of another man, identified as Terrence Worrell, 32, of Chinapoo Village, Morvant, when they were fired upon.
Both men were rushed to Port of Spain General Hospital, where the man was pronounced dead.
Worrell remained at hospital in a serious condition last night.
And two people, including a 13-year-old boy, were shot and injured in Port of Spain on Saturday night, said officers.
Police said at around 7.30 p.m., Alvin Maraj, 35, of Valsayn, and teenager Hamid Rasheed, of Maraval, were standing on the pavement at the corner of Queen and Henry streets when a lone gunman began shooting at Maraj before running off.
One of the bullets struck Rasheed in the left hand, while Maraj was shot to the right hand, said police.