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Murder spree claims seven over weekend (with CNC3 video)
Seven men were murdered in Port-of-Spain, Arima, Cocorite and Chaguanas between Friday night and yesterday evening. The weekend’s murder spree brought the toll for the year to 59. The seven murders represents one of the bloodiest weekends recorded in recent months. The first murder occurred around 7.45 pm on Friday night, when residents of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) building complex at St Paul’s Street, East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, reported hearing a volley of gunshots.
When the residents checked they found Kevin “Stumpy” Thomas lying in the building’s car park with several gunshot wounds to his head and chest. He died on the scene. Police said Thomas, 28, of Upper Quarry Street, Diego Martin, was a known gang member, who had a lengthy criminal record. ASP Ajith Persad, Sgt Harvey and Cpl Charles Budrie are probing Thomas’ murder.
Almost two hours after Thomas’ murder, homicide detectives were summoned to Lamont Street, Longdenville, Chaguanas, where Terry Gill, was killed in front of his home. Police said that Gill was at home with his wife when he went outside to check on a noise. His wife told investigators that after a couple of minutes she heard several gunshots.
When she rushed outside, she found her husband lying on the doorstep. He was shot five times in the chest. Police have listed his murder as drug-related. Gunmen again struck again around 7.30 pm on Saturday, this time at Seyjagat Trace, Cocorite Road, Arima. According to reports, 31-year-old Brent Delcon was walking out of his home when he was accosted by two gunmen who shot him several times. The men then drove away in an awaiting vehicle.
Police said that on hearing the gunshots, Delcon’s wife Jessica Grant ran out of the house and found her wounded husband. He was taken to the Arima Health Facility where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigators were yet to determine the motive behind Delcon’s murder up to late yesterday. Almost three hours later, 41-year-old Marlon Bradshaw, of Swan Lane, Maloney Gardens, D’Abadie, was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of his home.
Police said around 11.30 pm, Bradshaw was entering his front gate when a black car pulled in front of his house. The front seat passenger lowered his window and shot Bradshaw several times before the vehicle sped off. Bradshaw slumped to the ground where he died.
The fifth murder for the weekend occurred around 3.45 am yesterday, outside a bar at Railway Road in Chaguanas which is located metres away from the Chaguanas Police Station.
Reports stated that Ronald Nurse, of Lamont Street, Chaguanas, was liming at Traxx Bar when he had an argument with a fellow limer. The argument spilled out onto the street and after a brief verbal exchange, Nurse began walking away to catch a taxi to his home.
Police said that Nurse’s attacker, returned inside the bar and returned moments later carrying a long knife. He then confronted Nurse a second time during which he drew the knife and stabbed him several times in the chest.
While Nurse attempted to run towards the nearby police station for help, the knife-wielding man ran away. Nurse collapsed a short distance away and was taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
After viewing the CCTV footage from a camera positioned outside the bar, investigators went to a house at Robinson Street, where they arrested the 28-year-old suspect, from Cumberbatch Street, Chaguanas. The blood-stained weapon used in a Nurse’s murder was also recovered. The arrested man is expected to be charged with murder later this week after homicide detectives complete their investigation.
Senior Supt Deodath Dulalchan, Supt Johnny Abraham and Insp Wayne Lawrence are continuing investigations. Around 4.30 pm, police were contacted after residents of Harding Place, Cocorite, reportedly heard some gunshots. Western Division Police responded where they found a resident, Sherman Toussaint, 27, lying on the road with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He died on the scene.
Less than 15 minutes later, homicide detectives were again summoned to St Paul’s Street, East Dry River. The victim remained unidentified up to late yesterday. Police believe the man resided at John John in Laventille and was murdered by a rival gang while walking through the East Port-of-Spain community. Autopsies are scheduled to be performed on five victims at the Forensic Science Centre in St James today.
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