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Area lockdown was obvious option
RADHICA DE SILVA
Calling for an immediate interven-
tion in gang warfare following the
Boardwalk triple murder, criminol-
ogist Dr Randy Seepersad yesterday
called on the police to explain why
they failed to arrest the shooters.
Seepersad, who has done exten-
sive studies on T&T’s gangs, said the
shootings which led to the deaths of
Fabien “Super” Williams, 32, Kedel
Osbourne, 18 and Andrew Fran-
cis, 39, underscored the need for
the Ministry of National Security to
adopt strategies to deal with gang-
“Considering that there is only
one road in and out of Chaguaramas,
why wasn’t law enforcement able to
respond quickly, enforce a lockdown
and round up the suspects?” Seeper-
“Something went seriously wrong.
There is a police post near the Board-
walk, why didn’t they apprehend the
men immediately? They could have ra-
dioed in and set up a blockade to flush
out the perpetrators. How is it that no-
body has been arrested yet?”
He said it was possible that the po-
lice could not create a blockade be-
cause the area was crowded and they
did not want a shootout leading to
more casualties. However, he said the
TT Police Service owed it to the public
to explain what went wrong.
“Was there a lack of resources? If
so, what is going to be done to ensure
this doesn’t happen again?” Seepersad
Based on the information given by
the police, the shooting was gang-re-
lated and Seepersad said if this was
so the likelihood of another shooting
taking place in the same area was slim.
Asked whether he was surprised
that gangsters were taking their blood-
bath outside of their communities,
Seepersad said yes.
“It is true that violence is common-
place now and criminals are more
brazen. If this is gang reprisal then it
means that gang members are becom-
ing much more brazen and not stick-
ing to inter-community violence any
more. This is of serious concern and
poses a public security risk that must
be dealt with immediately,” Seepersad
He called on the Government to im-
plement intervention strategies, saying
Project Reason, which was done in 16
communities, had resulted in a 60 per
cent decrease in gangs over a three-
year period. The project, based on the
Chicago model, involves direct assis-
tance to gangsters to help them move
away from criminal enterprises.
However, he said if something is not
done soon T&T may end up like Ja-
maica, where communities are totally
controlled by gangs.
“Government must put gangs on the
front-burner or else we could run into
serious problems,” Seepersad added.
Last year, Attorney General Faris Al-
Rawi said between 2014 to 2017, gangs
in T&T have increased 129 per cent
and gang members have increased by
60 per cent. In 2014, the acting Police
Commissioner had said there were
92 gangs with 1,500 members but in
2016 it grew to 172 gangs and 2,358
members and by 2017 there were 211
gangs and 2,458 members, he had said
at that time.
Two days after he escaped bullets
from gunmen, Fabien “Super” Wil-
liams was killed on Sunday while at
the Boardwalk in Chaguaramas.
However, the gunmen were so de-
termined to get their target this time
around that they sprayed bullets in
the direction where Williams, of Sea
View Hill, Carenage, was standing,
killing two others - Kedel “Timeless”
Osbourne, 21, also from Sea View Hill
and Andrew Francis, 39, of Mamoral
Three others, including eight-year-
old Jakeem Moses, of Pelican Exten-
sion, Morvant, were wounded. The
other injured people were identified
as Ian Brown, 20, of Upper Sea View,
Carenage and Keron Jones, 26, of
Cleaver Heights, Arima.
According to a police report, shortly
after 7 pm gunmen opened fire on
beachgoers at the popular venue,
sending everyone scampering for
safety. Police said Williams, Osbourne
and Francis were killed instantly. In-
vestigating officers believe the gun-
men were after Williams. Police said
they knew him well as he faced sev-
eral firearm offences in the past.
The T&T Guardian was also told that
on Friday there was an attempt on
Williams’ life when gunmen opened
fire on him while he was liming at a
bar. Police believe Sunday’s incident
Williams’ relatives refused to talk to
the T&T Guardian yesterday.
However, a relative of Osbourne,
who wished not to be identified, ex-
pressed outrage over the incident. He
also blamed the police for the spiral-
ling crime rate.
“Innocent people have to go just
so in this country? The police, espe-
cially the Carenage Police, don’t care
a damn about us out here. This crime
gone out of control and nobody cares
who get kill and if they innocently get
kill...that’s the reality,” Osbourne’s rel-
He described Osbourne as “cool.”
“I really don’t have nothing much
to say about anything again...I don’t
even want to see anything about this
in the media...We just fed up of this.”
Osbourne’s relative, who was visi-
bly upset, said relatives only positively
identified Osbourne’s body at the Fo-
rensic Science Centre yesterday and
questioned how his name could have
been leaked to the media before.
Francis’ sister, Margaret Logan,
said her brother went with friends
for a day of relaxation at the beach.
She added that she never thought she
would have ever received such “terri-
“This is horrible...my brother was
friendly, talkative and was just a co-
median to all. I don’t even know what
else to say because it is like a night-
mare to know that you can go any-
where now and have to keep looking
over your shoulder,” Logan said.
She added that her brother, who
was a farmer, had three children, the
last of them, Asia, being born just
three weeks ago.
Yesterday, baby Asia was seen
swaddled in a white blanket in her
mother’s arms at the Forensic Science
Centre in St James.
In an unrelated incident later on
Sunday, Andy Naggassar, 35, was fa-
tally shot while at Jitman Drive, Five
Rivers, Arouca. Nagassar lived at Sev-
enth Street, Range Road, Five Rivers.
Police said a motive was yet to be de-
termined for his killing.
Also on Sunday at about 1.30 am,
Andrew Noel, 28, of Upper Dundon-
ald Hill, St James, was killed when
gunmen stopped the vehicle he was in
and opened fire. Police said Noel was
not the intended target of the gun-
men. Officers said another occupant
of the vehicle who was the intended
target escaped unhurt.
Meanwhile, police are still probing
the shooting of a man and woman in
Maloney on Saturday. Police said at
about 10 pm both victims were stand-
ing along the roadway when a vehicle
drove past them and its occupants
opened fire on them. The victims,
whose identities weren’t disclosed,
were taken to hospital where they are
warded in serious conditions.
In Maraval at around the same
time, Ezekiel Blaisell, 21, was shot
and wounded while walking along
the Saddle Road near Beard Street.
Police said Blaisell, who was shot sev-
eral times in the leg, was taken to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital where
he was treated and warded in a stable
The weekend’s five killings brought
the murder toll to 294.
Investigations are continuing into
Police patrols in Chaguaramas have
been increased following a shoot-
ing at the Chaguaramas Boardwalk
which claimed the lives of three men
and left three people, including an
eight-year-old boy, wounded.
In an interview with CNC3 yester-
day afternoon, head of the Chaguar-
amas Development Authority (CDA)
Police, Simon Lendore, said the
measure was introduced soon after
the incident on Sunday night.
“What I want to do is give every-
one the assurance that the CDA will
do all in its power to ensure that the
Boardwalk will remain as safe as it
can be,” Lendore said.
Lendore noted that like municipal
police officers, members of his unit
have similar powers to traditional
police within the T&T Police Service
“The CDA Police have all the
power and authority of the TTPS and
more than that, we work and partner
with the TTPS and even the Defence
Force in terms of maintaining patrols
on the peninsula,” Lendore said.
Asked whether CDA officers were
on patrol in the area when the inci-
dent occurred, Lendore said yes but
declined to comment further as he
repeatedly noted the incident was
being investigated by the TTPS Hom-
icide Bureau. He noted that he had
already spoken with senior TTPS of-
ficers and they would be collaborat-
ing on additional security measures.
When a news team from the T&T
Guardian visited the location yes-
terday, the area where the shooting
occurred remained cordoned off and
was guarded by two CDA officers.
Small groups of families who vis-
ited the beach facility kept their
distance from the area and chose to
utilise the side of the Boardwalk lo-
cated closer to the CDA Police Post.
Several beachgoers who spoke to
the T&T Guardian said while they
were shocked by the incident, it did
not affect their plans to visit yester-
“This a beautiful island and I come
back to visit my parents and the
home I was born in. This is not going
to stop me. It (crime) is everywhere,
it’s in New York and everywhere else.
If you love the country, you going to
come and enjoy yourself,” Robbie
Mahabir, who lives in the United
“It is really a disturbing thing but
we can’t let that keep us back from
living our lives. We will come back
again,” one of Mahabir’s relatives
One elderly woman said although
her family changed their plans it did
not deter her.
“My brother and his family were
supposed to come with me today but
when they hear about the shooting
they get scared and stayed home. I
told them that we not in anything so
we have nothing to fear. I came down
on the bus without them,” she said.
A group of beachgoers lime at Williams Bay, Chaguaramas, yesterday, hours after a shooting incident lead to the
deaths of three people.
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Criminologist worried nobody was caught
Gunmen spray bullets, kill 3, hurt 3
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