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Two hit as gunmen open fire at murder victim’s wake
Less than three days after Kernel Jobe was gunned down outside the Congress of the People election sub-office in Malabar, gunmen launched an attack at his wake on Thursday night, leaving two mourners with non-life threatening gunshot injuries. Around 9.15 pm, Jobe’s friends and relatives were at his family’s home at the corner of Sunset Drive and Train Line Road, off Cocorite Road in Arima, when a red car stopped in front of the house.
Eyewitnesses told police two men, armed with guns, got out and began shooting at mourners, then got back in the car and drove away. Police said Devon Lewis, 27, and Marvin Solomon, 25, were both shot. Lewis was hit in the foot, while a bullet grazed one of Solomon’s fingers. Solomon was treated and discharged from the Arima Health Facility, while Lewis was warded, up to yesterday evening.
Investigators believe the shooting was a reprisal for a murder in Malabar, which occurred a day after Jobe and his friend Shiyloh Mc Intosh were killed on Tuesday. Mc Intosh’s wife Kizzy Ann Edwards is the Congress of the People (COP) candidate for the Malabar South area in the local government elections. Around 8 pm on Tuesday night, Mc Intosh and Jobe were painting the election sub-office at Mahogany Drive, Malabar, when they were accosted by two gunmen, who shot them several times.
Homicide detectives have ruled out the theory that the two murders were politically motivated and instead have listed them as gang-related. Almost a day later, another Malabar resident Christopher “Mad Dog” Gregg, 36, of Pomegranate Avenue, Malabar, was shot dead on Trainline Road, Malabar. Police said Gregg was well known to police and was a senior gang member.
They said the recent string of murders and shootings in Malabar may be part of a war between rival gangs from two communities. Police patrols have been increased to prevent further reprisals and investigators are working on a number of strong leads in relation to the murders, the source said. Senior Supt David Abraham, Insp Wayne Baptiste and the Northern Division CID are investigating the shootings.
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