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Woman, 20, still critical at hospital

THE 20-year-old woman who was shot in the head on Tuesday morning, in the midst of a major police exercise in Laventille, remains fighting for her life at hospital.

Police said up to yesterday evening, Anisha Rey was still listed in a critical condition, while her sister, Penika Rey, 17, who was also shot, has since been discharged from the Port of Spain General Hospital.

The sisters, of St Barbs, Laventille, were shot shortly after 9 a.m. while seated in the back seat of a car which was being driven along Laventille Road.

The driver of the vehicle, Assim Lemaitre, 38, of Upper St Francois Valley Road in Belmont, was shot several times about the body and later crashed the vehicle into a concrete culvert.

Anisha was shot in the head, while her sister, a pupil at Tranquillity Government Secondary School, was grazed by one of the bullets close to her left eye.

They were both rushed to hospital by residents, while Lemaitre was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the incident, around 300 soldiers and police officers were in another community conducting an anti-crime exercise as a result of the recent spike in gang warfare in the area.

The Air Support Unit also assisted in the search for the shooter, but up to yesterday evening no arrest had been made.

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