Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 5th 2015 Contents SHALIZA HASSANALI
Families are fleeing their homes,
senior citizens have had to seek med-
ical attention, children are being sep-
arated from their parents, and some
residents have contemplated selling
their commercial and residential prop-
These are some of the measures res-
idents in Enterprise, Chaguanas, have
been undertaking following the spate
of shootings by armed gunmen in the
Rapid gunfire is a sound residents
of Bhagaloo Street, Boss Lane, Enter-
prise Street, Crown Trace, Gittens Lane
and Chris Terrace West have grown
The fear of bullets piercing concrete
walls, gates, and vehicles now haunts
During a visit to Enterprise on Thurs-
day, few residents ventured outside
their homes, while shops, minimarts
and businesses attracted fewer cus-
tomers, as police officers in marked
vehicles patrolled the community to
maintain law and order.
At Boss Lane, where there were more
than 40 bullet holes on concrete walls
and houses, 30-year-old Romell Parris
admitted that his life had turned upside
down since the random shootings began
four weeks ago.
"People want to move out from here
because it s no longer safe. But a lot of
us don t have anywhere else to go. This
is where we grew up. We have to stay
here and pray that we don t get shoot
when these gunmen open fire unex-
pectedly," Parris said.
He said Boss Lane was one of the
quietest streets in the neighbourhood,
but had since turned into a Gaza Strip.
"The gunmen shoot up everything---
from fridge to dustbin to cars," he said.
Tenants flee apartment building
Parris pointed to a nearby apartment
building that housed four tenants up
to last month.
"The landlord told me all the tenants
left two weeks ago after the building
and outside walls were fired upon.
Luckily, no one was injured. It s really
a scary feeling."
Parris said one of his neighbours,
whom he identified as Carl, had also
expressed a desire to move out of the
Parris 66-year-old mother Veronica
Parris said she was now living an
uncomfortable life and wished she
could shift to a safer location.
She said the shootings prompted
her daughter Arnell to move her two
young children to a relative s home in
Ravine Sable ten days ago.
"This is causing a disruption in fam-
ily life. The children have to be sep-
arated from their mother. You think
that fair? A lot of mothers in here did
that to protect their children. Every
time I hear them gunshots my heart
does race. I does end up trembling,"
Not far away, Ann Marie Andal,
46, a mother of two special needs
children, confessed that she had
to temporarily leave her home
when the shootings intensified in
"It was getting out of control.
I couldn t take the gunshots any
more. My children kept crying
and screaming. I had to go Claxton
Bay with the kids until things die
down. Even though the police
patrolling they still shooting up
all over. Innocent people are
becoming targets at the hands of
A few feet from Andal s fence
were five spent shells of a 9 mm
pistol lying on the ground.
On Tuesday, Andal returned
home, but she said she remained
worried and terrified.
"I wish I could sell the property
I live in but it does not belong to
have put it up for sale for sure,"
Ducking for cover
Andal s 89-year-old neighbour
Mathilda George said she would
not sell her house but wished she
could move out until normality
"The place not nice again.
Instead of enjoying my twilight
years I have to duck for cover
whenever I hear gunshots going
off. I don t know what this place
At Bhagaloo Street, another hot-
spot area, residents kept indoors.
A 75-year-old resident, who
spoke on condition of anonymity,
said two weeks ago gunmen ran
through her property and began
firing at will.
The bullets struck a young man
in both his arms.
"Every night you would hear
rapid gunshots. It got me sick until
I had to be taken to the hospital
for heart treatment. I spent two
days there. Long ago you could
have left your doors open. Now
it s a different story. You like a
prisoner in your own home," she
Another resident said the
teenagers behind the shootings
grew up in the community.
"Many of us held them in our
arms as babies. Now they have no
respect for you. They still have
mother s milk on their faces. They
are just 15- and 16-year-olds and
could barely operate a gun. But
they pulling the trigger."
A stone s throw away, at Chris
Terrace West, Carrie Roberts,
whose minimart was fired upon,
said fear had gripped the commu-
nity, especially the children.
"If these youth men come back
with their weapons I don t know
what I would do. I might have to
sell my business and move out.
Our lives are not the same. No one
knows who will be next."
Roberts felt the police needed
to take decisive action against the
"I don t think enough is being
Sitting behind the counter of a
nearby shop, which bore bullet
holes on the outside walls, two
women refused to lift their heads
Soldier's stepson shot
At Rita Street, a soldier who has
been in the Defence Force Reserves
for the past 12 years was making
plans to move out of the commu-
nity because his 19-year-old step-
son almost died from a gunshot
wound to his chest two weeks ago.
"On Saturday (yesterday) I will
be leaving Enterprise. I have to
move out for the safety of my step-
son and his mother who is a police
officer. They (gunmen) don t care
I am a soldier."
The soldier said his stepson saw
the faces of the shooters and feared
they would return.
"I used to rent an apartment in
Enterprise for $2,500. Where I am
going now the rent is $3,500. This
is putting me in expense. But the
safety of my family comes first."
The soldier said the gunmen and
their associates communicated via
walkie-talkies. • See Page A12
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...as gunmen 'shoot up everything---from fridge to dustbin to cars'
Ann Marie Andal, a mother of two special needs children, had to temporarily leave her home when the shootings
intensified in June. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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