A 55-YEAR-OLD welder was shot dead on Sunday night while he slept with two toddlers in their Point Fortin home.
Selwyn James Fraser, of George Street, Mahaica, was discovered dead by his wife when she returned home from work.
Their two children, aged two and one, were found in the bedroom where Fraser was murdered.
Senior Supt of Police of the South-Western Division Karl Ramlal said police are yet to establish a motive for the killing.
Fraser’s death takes the murder toll for the year to date to 311.
Ramlal said investigators do not believe the killing is connected to the local government elections which took place yesterday.
Fraser’s wife, Kathy Figaro, a security guard, told reporters that around 7.15 a.m. yesterday she returned from work.
Figaro said she saw the louvres of the house open and when she peeped in, saw Fraser with blood on his face.
Her two-year-old son Jaheem was asleep next to him.
She entered the house and discovered Fraser with a gunshot wound to his head. Their other child, one-year-old Jeremiah, was found crying behind a door of the bedroom.
Police were called and a party of officers, led by Assistant Supt Deonarine Basdeo, Insp Jagroop, Sgt Corrie and others of the Point Fortin CID, South-Western Task Force and Homicide Division (South), responded to the scene.
Investigators said Fraser was released from jail in 2010. He had been convicted of crimes including possession of marijuana and cocaine, housebreaking and larceny.
Detectives said since his release, he had kept out of trouble.
District medical officer, Dr Parasaram, examined the body and ordered it removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James for an autopsy today.
Detective constable Hosein is investigating.