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What precautions are
you taking in light of
the Swine Flu deaths?
Sherry Ann Allum,
I am paying more atten-
tion to personal hygiene,
trying to strengthen my
immune system and edu-
cating myself about the
causes and symptoms of
I am flying out to Jamaica
for a little while, hopefully
they can get it under con-
trol by then, but I don't
trust the health sector to
deal with this properly.
I am trying not to get wet
in the rain and stay away
from people with the flu.
I haven't been taking any
hand sanitiser with me at
all times. I guess I'll have
to start paying more at-
tention to the issue.
To be honest, I've been
seeing on the television
but it hasn't really regis-
tered yet. But I am going
to start taking precau-
Attacks linked to missing gun
13, uncle shot
Embacadere residents believe a gang war has broken out in
their community following the shooting of a 13-year-old and
his uncle and another man over the weekend.
Police believe the shooting of Gasparillo Secondary school boy,
Isaiah Mason, and labourer Kerry Clarke, both of Embacadere,
was linked to the shooting of Chervin Martinez at the basketball
court at Embacadere on Saturday night.
It is believed that Martinez was shot by a 19-year-old man
from the area, who is suspected of shooting at Embacadere taxi
driver Aqeed Medford and an unidentified passenger in San Fer-
nando that same night.
The same man is also suspected of setting fire to security
guard Enrique Villafana s apartment in Embacadere on Sat-
In the latest incident, police said Mason and Clarke were
walking along Padmore Street, San Fernando, around 7.20
pm, Sunday when they noticed a man walking towards
them with a gun in one hand and a piece of iron in the
As they ran, the gunman fired several shots at the
men, hitting Mason in his abdomen and Clarke in his
right arm. The gunman ran off as the men fell to the
ground bleeding. They were both taken to the San Fer-
nando General Hospital where Mason was warded in a
stable condition. A relative said Clarke was discharged yes-
terday but still had the bullet lodged in his arm.
The Guardian was told by residents that one of the men
involved in the rash of shootings was linked to the failure of
a man to return a rented gun.
"This is just the beginning," a resident said.
Driver, passenger escape
Around 8.35 pm on Saturday, Medford, 32, of Embacadere, had
just picked up a passenger along Mucurapo Street, San Fernando,
in his blue Nissan Almera.
While he was driving along Irving Street, the driver of a white
Nissan AD wagon almost collided with the back of his car. He told
police that he pulled to the side to allow the wagon to pass, but instead
it swerved in front of him and a passenger came out and began firing
shots at his car. Medford sped off but crashed into a galvanise barrier
along the adjacent Sutton Street.
Medford and the passenger got out of the car and ran. The driver
went to the San Fernando Police Station but investigators said the
unidentified passenger never made a report. Medford told police that
he believed the gunman was after his passenger.
Two 9 mm shells were recovered from the scene and the car was
wrecked to the San Fernando Police Station for processing.
Police believe that after the shooting, the same suspect went to
Embacadere where he broke into the Building Five apartment of Villafana
and set it ablaze.
Villafana said he left home around 9 pm to visit his girlfriend and
25 minutes later, someone called him and told him his apartment was
on fire. Police and firefighters from the Southern Division Fire Head-
quarters in Mon Repos responded and extinguished the fire before
it spread to other apartments.
"When I came home, one of my neighbours told me that some
fella who lives up on the hill in Embacadere kicked down the door
and lit the place on fire. The fella who I heard did this, I have
nothing with him. I am a working fella so I don t now what went
"The apartment is very bad, everything gone, the two bedrooms,
kitchen, bathroom, the whole place. It looked like he threw the
clothes on the bed first and set it on fire in the back bedroom,"
While fleeing the arson attack, police believe the same
suspect shot Martinez at the basketball court.
A report stated that Martinez, 27, a painter of Circle Drive,
Embacadere, was liming at the court around 9.35 pm when
he noticed the suspect walking towards him with a gun.
As he tried to run away, the suspect opened fire on him,
hitting him on both legs. As he fell to the ground, the
suspect ran off. Martinez was underwent surgery at the
San Fernando General Hospital yesterday.
PC Khan and Cpl Nanan are continuing investiga-
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