Days after four Santa Cruz men were shot dead at Damian’s Bay, Maracas, on July 2, a Barataria man has been killed in Santa Cruz.
Sashaly Ryan, 35, was shot dead at Hololo Road around 9 am on Wednesday.
An employee of the San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation (SJLRC), Ryan was among three people who were shot by an unknown gunman as they changed clothes and packed away their tools following the morning’s work.
The father of two boys, aged 10 and 12, died at the scene, while one man was shot in the hip and another in the finger.
The injured men were taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where they were both treated.
One man was said to be warded up to last evening, while the other was discharged.
Ryan’s relatives were at the scene yesterday but declined to speak.
However, residents described the victim as a “quiet, respectable young man.”
One woman, who requested her name not be used, said she had just left home to get a taxi to head to work when she heard the gunshots and ran back home.
Contacted about the shooting, SJLRC Chairman Anthony Roberts said, “I can confirm three employees got shot and one died.”
Asked if this latest development would impact the SJLRC’s operations in the Santa Cruz community, or if security would now be assigned to teams as they perform their duties outdoors, he said, “Whenever we have that situation, it is not new to us. What we do is to call the team together and provide counselling.”
He added, “We cannot provide security for the workers. It is a national issue and it is a police matter.”
Ryan’s wife, meanwhile, said he was her best friend, intelligent and kind to everyone he met. She said he did barbering as a side hustle, but never charged children.
Referring to the incident, she said Ryan reportedly leaned over to shield an elderly man from being shot and as the gunman fled, his co-workers placed him in the tray of the corporation’s truck to take him to hospital but were unable to proceed as the tyres had all been shot out.
Other relatives said Ryan had always been a quiet person who kept to himself.
They believe he was not the intended target and it was a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.