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A 23-year-old footballer with
Digicel Pro League outfit Police
FC was wounded by police in a
shooting in Cocorite yesterday
According to police reports
around 2.30 am, officers of the St
James Police Station received a
report of a incident along the West-
ern Main Road in Cocorite.
A group of officers responded
and confronted three men who were
seated in a Nissan Almera parked
at the roadside.
Investigators said that upon see-
ing the officers, the driver of the
vehicle attempted to drive away but
crashed into the police vehicle.
Police said that one of the occu-
pants began shooting at them and
they returned fire.
The suspects, from Simon Valley,
St Ann s, were eventually arrested.
One of the captured suspects, later
identified as Police FC defender
Jevon Morris, was shot twice in the
The other two suspects were
Morris remained warded under
police guard in stable condition up
to late yesterday.
Investigators said that a 9 mm
firearm and 13 rounds of ammu-
nition were recovered in the vehicle.
The shooting sparked protest
from residents of Simon Valley who
yesterday morning blocked the road
near the Fondes Amandes bridge
to protest the shooting.
Clevon McFee, Morris s friend
and an eyewitness to the incident,
was at the protest and explained
He said about 1 am, he and his
friends, Morris and Andel Moore
among them, returned from a cruise
aboard the Harbour Master.
"A car pulled up behind me,
popped the horn and a man come
out, hold me, and say he is police,"
"He had a bottle in his hand, and
Andel knocked it out his hand," he
added. He said Morris pulled Moore
away, put him in the car, and decid-
ed to leave.
"A police jeep pulled up, block
their car and started shooting. Jevon
and Andel jump out and the police
continued shooting at them," he
added. During the melee, Morris
"I asked the police if I could carry
him to the hospital and they let me
take him to Port-of-Spain General
Hospital," he said.
Morris s mother, Patricia Morris
said the police told her Jevon was
a "prisoner," but no charges had
"The police say they searched
the car and found a gun, and how
Jevon obstruct arrest," she added.
On August 1, Emancipation Day,
Birdsong will pay musical tribute to
Ian "Teddy" Belgrave, the band s
founding captain, who passed away
on July 19.
The function will afford the steelband
community a forum to record its appre-
ciation for the five decades of dedicated
service Belgrave gave to the national
instrument as player, organiser, admin-
istrator, educator, historian and activist.
In addition to his role in the forma-
tion of Birdsong in 1973 at the UWI St
Augustine campus, Belgrave was
involved as player and organiser with
the Highlanders in his Laventille home-
town, Mello Tones in Canada and
He later went on to serve as manager
of the OWTU Free French Steel Orches-
tra in San Fernando and the WoodTrin
and Arima Senior Comprehensive
School steelbands, both of which he
founded while he was a Mathematics
As an administrator, he functioned
on the executive of Pan Trinbago s east-
ern region and played a major leadership
role in the Pan in the Classroom pro-
gramme which provided the platform
for the teaching of steelband music to
be formally integrated into the school
The programme will feature per-
formances by Birdsong s stage side, the
Birdsong Academy and pan soloists.
The programme will also feature oral
tributes from members of Birdsong,
the steelband movement and the wider
national community to which Belgrave
gave a lifetime of service and activism
in the fields of music, trade unionism
This event is free to the public and
it begins promptly at 6 pm at the Bird-
song panyard on St Vincent Street,
All past and present members of
Birdsong, Free French, Nutones, Arima
Angel Harps, Arima Senior Compre-
hensive Steelband and Woodtrin are
asked to attend.
Footballer nursing gunshot
wounds after police run-in
Mother of shooting victim Jevon Morris Patricia Morris receives a
contact number from a police officer at the scene of a protest at Fondes
Amandes Road, St Ann's, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Birdsong pays tribute
to Teddy Belgrave
LITTLE PAN MAN
Crisanta Mc Sween-Jack holds eleven-month-old Keshorn John as he plays a
bass drum during an early-morning protest at Fondes Amandes Road, St Ann's
yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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