Two shootings in Barataria, which happened within eight hours and a stone’s throw away from each other on Wednesday, have claimed the life of one man and left three others critically wounded.
Wednesday’s murder was the first recorded for this year.
In the first shooting, around 11.25 am, neighbours — Omari Williams and Kurt Sandy — were liming near their Eighth Avenue, Barataria, homes when a white car pulled up.
The neighbours told police the two occupants of the car lowered their windows, drew guns and started shooting.
The two tried to hide behind a wall but Williams was hit several times in the chest, though Sandy was grazed, police investigators said.
After the two collapsed on the ground and pretended to be unconscious, the gunmen drove away.
Williams and Sandy were taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital by police. Williams remained warded in a critical condition up to late yesterday. Sandy was treated and discharged on Wednesday night.
Hours later, Tarik David, 20, and his 26-year-old friend, Kevin Dover, both of Ninth Avenue, Barataria, were standing outside a shop near their homes when they were approached by two gunmen.
Without warning the men began shooting at them and the other customers in the shop.
David was hit in the left arm, neck and head while Dover was shot three times in the chest and abdomen. The other customers were not injured.
Both men were taken to hospital where they underwent emergency surgery and were warded in a critical condition.
Dover died at hospital early yesterday morning.
Investigators believe the two shootings might be connected with the second being a reprisal for the first.
Homicide detectives have listed Dover’s murder as gang-related.
Supt John Daniel, ASP Mahabir and Sgt Cornelius Samuel are assisting in the investigations.