Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 23rd 2014 Contents A five-month-old baby girl survived a close brush
with death yesterday, narrowly escaping gunfire
from armed men engaged in what police are calling
a turf war in east Port of Spain.
Her mother, 39-year-old Patrina Salandy was not
so lucky. She died after the gunmen shot her in the
head, while she was still cradling baby Kayla to protect
Residents later reported finding the baby, who
reportedly survived with only minor injuries, in the
road beside her mother s body.
Salandy was walking along St Paul Street with her
baby and her three older sons Lorenzo, 13, Raheem,
11 and Jaydon, through the area in which residents
had set up road blocks on Saturday to protest the
fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Keshorn Daniel.
Residents of neighbouring Parkside Plaza, which
overlooks the bloodstained pavement where Salandy
was killed, refused to give their names in fear of
reprisals, but said that around 11.45 am, a group of
men with what they described as machine guns ran
down the hill and opened fire. Salandy tried to protect
her baby, who dropped to the ground after she was
Seeing the baby drop, residents rushed to save her,
taking her and her siblings to safety inside their own
apartments. They reported removing the baby s blood-
stained clothes and giving her a bath. The baby was
very agitated and her makeshift caregivers were wor-
ried that she had been hurt in the fall. Mother and
daughter were taken in private vehicles to the hospital.
"You know how long the lady lie down there," said
one shaken resident from a nearby apartment, "no
ambulance, no police, no nothing."
Baby Kayla was still in the care of Parkside Plaza
residents when the T&T Guardian visited the scene.
A shocked Kurt Fields, husband of Salandy and father
of baby Kayla, returned around 1.30 pm and gave
the baby to relatives who rushed her to the Port-of-
Spain General hospital to be checked for injuries.
The Besson Street Police said that they didn t have
any information on the shootings.
A 16-year-old boy identified only as Reshaun, was
also fatally shot in the incident. Friends of the second
victim said this was the third time he had been shot.
Salandy s killing was one of three murders recorded
yesterday, pushing the murder toll for the year to
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All-out war over Laventille protest
for 18th JUNE, 2014
The enemy lines are drawn.
Police say they have declared war
with protesting residents of Laven-
"As far as we are concerned, this
is an all-out war. There is nothing
to negotiate," an angry Head of the
North Eastern Division, Inspector
Roger Alexander, told the Guardian
Using words like "enemy" to refer
to the residents, he said police offi-
cers were shot at four times during
patrols in different parts of Laven-
tille yesterday, a major crime hot
"Thankfully, no-one was injured
but whole day they kept calling for
Alexander said it was a statement
by a resident to the media that
caused the police to view the sit-
uation as a war.
"He said on national television
that the police have to sign off their
firearms when they leave for home,
meaning they don t have to do that.
"I take that as a deliberate threat."
Alexander said police operations
in the area have been intensified
with a calibrated effort by officers
from the Guard and Emergency
Branch, the Inter-Agency Task Force
(IATF), the CCTV Unit, the North
Eastern Division and the Defence
"I wouldn t call it a lockdown
but we have stepped up operations."
He said the police were informed
that residents are planning major
protest action today. They have been
burning debris and engaging in
protest action since the shooting
of 19-year old Keshorn Daniel from
Alexander said two people from
the St Paul Street area were shot
and killed by gang members yes-
terday but residents did not say a
"They came down from the top
of the hill and killed two people on
the road. But nobody heard or saw
Asked if the killings were gang-
related, he said, "Most situations
are more or less gang-related."
Alexander said he planned to ask
acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams this morning to
suspend the Hearts and Minds proj-
ect the IATF has been engaged in
with at-risk youth in Laventille.
The unit comes under the IATF,
which has spearheaded an effort to
teach the youths of St Barb s, one
of the more volatile areas in Laven-
tille, mathematics, English, com-
puter literacy and other subjects.
"You can t go to people holding
out your hand and they are shooting
at it," Alexander said.
He criticised commentators who
he said sit in their ivory towers and
talk about police injustice without
fully understanding what was hap-
pening on the ground.
Alexander said he asked officers
to use their cell phones to get crim-
inals shooting at the police on video.
He also challenged detractors of
the police to change their residences
and go and live in Laventille.
Double murder at St Paul Street
This photo, taken hours before Patrina Salandy, 39, was gunned down yesterday,
shows her walking along St Paul Street with her children, from left, Lorenzo, 13,
Raheem, 11, Jaydon, 4 and baby Kayla. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Mother, teen gunned down
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