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A 53-year-old man was held by
police after he reportedly shot and
killed his friend, who remains
Police said the suspect was a US
According to police, the suspect
said that he and his friend went to
the suspect s Pancho Trace, Bound-
ary Road, El Socorro, home around
The pair, the suspect claimed, had
an argument when the deceased
pulled out a gun.
The suspect told police he wrested
the firearm from his friend and shot
him after he pulled out a second gun.
Police said they found the suspect
seated in the garage of his home
awaiting their arrival.
Both guns were found on the
When the T&T Guardian arrived
at the scene, the suspect was being
taken into custody.
Residents described the area as
quiet and said they did not know
the victim or the suspect.
In an unrelated incident, two
brothers were shot on Monday night,
leaving one dead and another in crit-
ical condition at the Port-of-Spain
According to police reports, around
8.30 pm Keegan Raymond, 31, of De
la Marre Avenue, Trincity, and his
brother Akile Jeffrey, 19, of Cameron
Road, Petit Valley, were in a silver
Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Nicholas
Lawrence when they were attacked.
Police said as Lawrence was driv-
ing along an area known as Ravine
Road, Petit Valley, a gunman opened
fire on the car. The brothers were
hit but Lawrence was unhurt.
Raymond was pronounced dead
on arrival at the Port-of-Spain Gen-
eral Hospital, while Jeffrey was ward-
ed in a critical condition.
Police had no motive for the
Speaking with the journalists out-
side the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday, the boys mother,
who did not want to be named, said
she had no clue why anyone would
want to hurt her sons.
She said her deceased son was
now in a better place as he had lived
a life that was pleasing to God.
The killing took the murder toll
to 196 for the year. For the corre-
sponding period last year the murder
toll stood at 216.
Suspect held after killing
Residents of Bhagaloo Street,
Gittens Lane and Chris Terrace
West in Enterprise, Chaguanas,
yesterday made a desperate plea
for soldiers to come to their res-
The residents practically begged
a Guardian Media Ltd team to act
on their behalf and make their
request public, with the hope that
the Government and National
Security personnel would heed
"Bring in the soldiers!" shouted
Another resident said, "We need
the soldiers intervention. Once
they could come in here and not
beat up the innocent people here,
and once they could come and
really do their jobs, we will have
no problem with them coming into
to restore the peace we once had,
the love and the unity that existed
up to two weeks ago."
An upsurge in alleged gang war-
fare over the past two weeks has
left the houses, cars and parlours
of several residents riddled with
bullets. Several families have
already moved out of the area,
some going as far as Tobago.
A raid on the weekend by a
combined force of police, soldiers
and other agencies netted ten sus-
pects, two home-made guns and
a small quantity of cocaine. Police
involved in the exercise said gang
members were tipped off by other
"They fed up. By 7 pm every-
body have to be inside. The people
fed up with gunmen riding and
walking past their houses and
shooting it up. They are afraid for
their lives, so some of them decid-
ed to move out and return when
peace is restored," one resident,
who asked not to be identified,
Another resident, who was
prompted, coaxed and applauded
by the large group of residents who
came out to speak with the T&T
Guardian and CNC3, eventually
spoke of the worsening situation
on camera but refused to disclose
"I want the police to put every-
one of them at rest because they
are bringing shame to Islam. They
praying and then coming in here
with their guns and shooting peo-
ple, shooting homes all in the name
of Jihad. They are terrorists, they
are Isis, they are everything else
but true Muslims like some of us.
I can make a bet that none of them
can quote a verse in the Q uran.
I call them kofar, meaning nothing
good," the resident said.
"If we were looking for war, we
would have been going over on
their side and shooting them up
too but we not on that. They com-
ing through Boss Lane and shoot-
ing up houses and then onto the
block here (Chris Terrace West).
We want back our street and if I
have to be killed for speaking the
truth, well so be it," he said.
"It s all about extortion. They
coming here and trying to extort
money and stuff from the elders.
They went to one woman and
demanded that she pay them
$12,000. For what? To live in their
own homes?" he said.
A 67-year-old woman, who did
not want to be identified, said she
had lived in the area for 33 years
and it was the first time the area
was experiencing this kind of rival-
"My grandson was shot twice
in two weeks. All this is nonsense.
I helped some of them to go to
school and they just turn on us.
Recently, I picked up a shell in my
yard and I didn t know what it
was. I was told that it was a bullet
shell from a gun. When we hear
the dogs barking we cannot even
peep out from our windows
because they shooting up the place.
Enterprise residents plead for help...
Bring in soliders
We need the police and soldiers to come
help us. Here was never like this."
Another resident identified as Rolly
Brown, 57, said he was a Muslim and
he did not condone what was happen-
ing in the area.
Over the past few days, members of
an opposing gang released two videos
on Facebook where they spoke of the
ongoing war. They claimed that they
were being attacked by gang members
from Bhagaloo Street. They also named
police officers allegedly associated with
Police detain a suspect, centre, after yesterday's shooting death at
Pancho Trace, El Socorro. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Gunmen indiscriminately shot at this car along Chris Terrace West, Enterprise,
Chaguanas, during their turf war. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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