Members of the T&T Police Service are currently investigating two murders that occurred on Friday.
In the first incident, an Arima construction worker was shot dead as he went to purchase a soft drink to consume with his lunch.
Police said around 1.50 pm, officers on mobile patrol in Pinto were alerted to gunshots at Peters Avenue, Demerara Road. They arrived at the scene to find Ian “Cobin” Peters, 36, lying on the road in front of a mini-mart.
Witnesses said he had just come out of the parlour when a black, heavily-tinted vehicle drove up and the lone occupant shot him three times.
A relative of Peters rushed outside and found him struggling to breathe and took him to the Arima Health Facility, where he died just after 2 pm.
In a separate incident in the district around 6.30 pm, Kevin Michael Williams, also known as Spongey, of Thanno Lane, Arima, was at a garage at Mathura Road, Arima, checking on his vehicle when he saw a gunman clad in a black hoodie approaching him. He was shot once in the neck by the suspect, who escaped on foot.
Williams was taken to the Arima Health Facility where he was treated and warded in a critical condition. He was expected to be transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope for further treatment yesterday.
And in a connected incident, around 1.40 am yesterday, Mohani Rampersad, 47, of Moonlight Circular, Demerara Road, alerted fire and police officials of a fire at her home. She reported that a portion of the outer wall to her kitchen area, along with a Nissan Primera and a white Mazda three-tonne truck, had been set alight.
Neighbours managed to keep the fire from spreading, using a bucket brigade. They managed to pull out the Nissan Primera which had been parked under the garage but it was completely destroyed. The truck’s front cabin was also damaged.
Officers said straightening and painting work is usually done at the garage. The truck was taken to the garage located at Rampersad’s home by Kevin Michael Williams on Friday evening. Williams was shot while there.
Investigations are continuing into all incidents.
Meanwhile, a Sangre Grande man was shot and killed minutes after he heard gunshots and peered out his window on Friday night.
Police said around 7.45 pm, Victor Fournillier, of Kowlessor Road, Coalmine, was in his bedroom when he heard gunshots nearby and walked to his kitchen and pulled back the curtain to check outside.
The 57-year-old’s wife told police she then heard several more gunshots and ran out of the bedroom to find him lying on the kitchen floor, bleeding from several wounds. He died at the scene.
Fournillier’s death is believed to have been an accident, as officers reported that the fatal shooting followed an attempt to kill another man.
A 22-year-old man of Southern Main Road, Cunapo, who was driving along Kowlessor Road around 7.30 pm, told police he saw the suspect, who is known to him, emerge from the bushes wearing camouflage gear and holding a shotgun in his hand.
The suspect, who lives at Mandillion Road, Coalmine, fired a single shot at the driver of the van, causing him to run off the road. As the driver came out of the van, the suspect continued to fire at him, hitting him. It was following this incident, as the suspect walked along Kowlessor Road, that he fired at the home of Fournillier, killing him.
The driver of the van was treated for minor injuries and was said to be in a stable condition yesterday. Officers of the Eastern Division Task Force later arrested the suspect, who remained in police custody up to yesterday.
In another incident, a Morvant man was shot several times while liming on the road near his home on Friday night.
Akil Douglas, 30, of Celestine Drive, Morvant, sustained injuries to both arms and his chest after an unknown gunman shot him shortly before the 10 pm curfew took effect.
Port-of-Spain Task Force officers were alerted to the incident after officials at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital informed them that Douglas had been brought in suffering with gunshot wounds.
Douglas later told police he was seated near the corner of Celestine Drive #1 and Pelican Extension in front of a shop, when he saw an unknown vehicle pull alongside him and a gunman came out and opened fire on him. Douglas was said to be in a stable condition up to yesterday.
Also on Friday, officers of the Capital City Patrol Unit and the PoSDUI were performing street check exercises in the Central Police Division when they stopped a black Mazda driven by a soldier—after officers observed a child under five years of age seated in the back without a child restraint or booster seat.
Whilst officers were handing back the driver’s documents to him, he allegedly used obscene language.
As the officer cautioned the driver about using obscene language, he sped off, dragging the officer a short distance away as he refused to stop. Other officers pursued the car, which eventually came to stop near George Street due to traffic. The driver was subsequently charged for various offences.