Sunday, December 17, 2017

Two shot dead in Cocorite, PoS



Mark Fraser

THE lives of two more men were taken by killers on Friday night during separate shooting incidents in Cocorite and Port of Spain.

Police as well as residents believe the men who murdered one of the victims—Bryan Lewis, 21—followed him to his grandmother’s home at Powder Magazine, Cocorite, before shooting him six times about the body.

Up to last night, the other victim, who was shot dead at Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots, remained unidentified, police said.

The two latest killings have pushed the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 248 according to an Express tally. 

Up to July 22 last year, the toll stood at 206.

Lewis’s murder was believed to have stemmed from an incident he was involved in at the Northern Division some days ago.

It was around 9.30 p.m. that Lewis, was liming with some other men close to his grandmother’s apartment when a car pulled up nearby.

Investigating officers said Lewis approached the car but after noticing who the men were, he began to walk away.

It was then that one of the men came out of the vehicle and opened fire, hitting Lewis about the body. He ran a short distance but later collapsed in an open field. The car sped off.

Police said residents took Lewis to the St James Medical Complex where he was pronounced dead a few minutes later.

Lewis’s grandmother, who did not want to be identified, told TV6 News yesterday she was unaware of how the incident had taken place. She said she was in her apartment speaking with a friend when they heard the sound of gunfire.

After going out to investigate, the woman said she was informed by residents that Lewis had been shot.

She said Lewis lived with his mother in Laventille, but was spending a few days with her. The woman said she did not believe the men who carried out the killing were from the Cocorite area, because her grandson was loved in the community.

She said that Lewis was unemployed because of his asthmatic condition.

“He was inside all day because he is suffering with asthma. He only went outside to take a little breeze. It’s not people from around who did that and I do not know of any threats against him...He wasn’t working because he cannot work.

I wanted all the good for him and was trying to get him a proper job but he can’t take the cold and the dust. Sometimes me and his mother would be fighting up to give him whatever he needed,” she said.

Lewis’s mother Deanne, said the last time she spoke with her son was on Thursday.

She told him any problem he had, he could come to her with it and they would work it out together.

“He was saying ‘allyuh does be vex with me because I don’t want to do anything but allyuh know how it does feel with my chest’. He said his chest would act up and pain him everytime he did a little work because of the asthma,” said Deanne.

One resident, Warren Anderson, said he too did not believe the men who killed Lewis were from the area.

“Whatever trouble from where he living followed him here,” Anderson said.

In the other incident, police said residents at Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots, heard the sound of gunfire in the area around 7.30 p.m. Shortly after, they found the body of a man lying along the roadway with gunshot wounds about the body. He died at the scene. Officers said those who lived in the area were unaware of the man’s identity.

Police are asking anyone with information that could assist in identifying the victim to contact the Besson Street Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office at 625-8008, 555, 800-TIPS or the any other police station.