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Four months after the capture of
Azmon Alexander---the country s most
wanted man---fear and panic have
gripped the community of Brasso Seco
once again following the shooting of
villagers Alexis Hernandez and Jerone
The shooting took place just when
residents had begun to regain some
normalcy in their lives and come to
terms with the deaths of fellow villagers
Irma Rampersad, her 14 month-old-
granddaughter Shania Amoroso and
family friend Felix Martinez who went
missing last October.
Rampersad s abducted teenage
daughters Felicia and Janelle were also
rescued by police last November.
Alexander who was deemed a person
of interest in the disappearance of the
five individuals was captured by police
Yesterday, president of the Brasso
Seco/Paria Village Council Anthony
Marchan held an emergency meeting
at the Brasso Seco Community Centre
with residents to discuss their safety.
Marchan said he intended to write
acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams for a mobile police post in
He said days after the three victims
were buried the police packed up and
left the community centre, which they
had occupied for weeks when they were
hunting for Alexander.
"Everyone is feeling uneasy as a result of the
shooting. We thought when the police captured
Azmon the village would have returned to nor-
malcy, but we are reliving the fear and panic
again. No one is feeling safe," Marchan said.
"We need the police to return to the community
to ensure law and order," he pleaded.
Marchan said villagers had imposed a curfew
on themselves by locking windows, wrought iron
gates and doors by 6 pm.
They are also avoiding going out at nights.
"Once again villagers are living like prisoners
in their own homes and running scared," said one
resident, who requested anonymity.
Community elder Norma Cooper-Duntin
expressed concern that the village was being over-
Four months after capture of most wanted man
Violence strikes Brasso
Brasso Seco resident, Norma Copper-
Duntin. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Everyone is feeling uneasy as a result of
the shooting. We thought when the police
captured Azmon the village would have
returned to normalcy, but we are reliving
the fear and panic again. No one is feeling
run by strangers, some of whom were destroying
"I am fearful because you don t know what
next will happen," 84-year-old Cooper-Duntin
On March 20, Charlerie said, the peace on
Madamas Road was shattered when someone fired
a shot at them while they were leaving a birthday
Charlerie said seven of the shotgun s slugs
pierced his legs, while Hernandez was struck mul-
tiple times on his hands and legs.
Villagers rushed both men to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, where they were kept
overnight and discharged the next day.
"The gunman ambushed us from the back and
pulled the trigger. All I felt was a burning sensation
in my right leg and when I looked down I saw
blood gushing from a wound. I realised I was
shot. I never expected this," Charlerie said.
"I am trying to keep a low profile. I would feel
a lot better if this person is apprehended. It is
not a nice feeling to be looking over your back
all the time."
Both men told investigating officer Cpl Boney
of the Blanchisseuse Police Station they did not
see their shooter, who escaped in the bushes.
But villagers say the shooting is linked to a
woman and the death of villager and farmer Phillip
"It s no secret Phillip shot a well-known crim-
inal in his arm over the woman, who was also in
a relationship with one of Phillip s friends. While
the criminal who frequents the village was recov-
ering from his injuries he kept sending death
threats to Phillip and three of his friends, one of
whom is Hernandez. But they never reported the
matter to the police," one villager said.
Last August, Phillip was gunned down while
on his way to his field.
"The police did not do enough in bringing
Phillip s killer to justice. It became another
unsolved murder," another villager said.
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