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Three more killings push murder toll to 380

Monday, December 16, 2013

Three men are now dead and a 13-year-old shot in two separate shooting incidents in Port-of-Spain and Diego Martin between Saturday night and yesterday. The killings have pushed the murder toll to 380, surpassing last year’s total of 379. In the first incident, two men—Robert Awong, 36, an unemployed man of Quarry Street, Green Hill, Diego Martin, and Norris Harrison, of the same address—were killed. Police said Awong was in the wrong place at the wrong time.



According to Awong’s sister Allana, her brother told her he was going to lime, less than two hours before he was killed. The asthmatic man had recently been released from a health institution and ventured next door, something he did not usually do, his sister said.


Police said around 7.30 pm on Saturday, two men came out of a car and opened fire. Three men were shot. Awong died at the scene, and Harrison died around 12.30 am while undergoing emergency surgery at Port-of-Spain General Hospital. The third man, Mario Charles, is warded in a stable condition at the Port-of-Spain hospital. Constable De Gale, of the Homicide Bureau, is heading investigations into their killings.


In an unrelated murder, a man yet to be identified was in company with Terrance Worrell, 32, of Chinapoo Village, Pelican Extension, Morvant, when a gunman approached them and opened fire around 2.05 am yesterday. Both men were taken to hospital. Worrell is warded in a stable condition while the other victim died while receiving treatment. 



Meanwhile, around 7.30 am, officers of the Port-of-Spain Division responded to a report of gunshots at the corner of Queen and Henry Streets, in downtown Port-of-Spain. When they arrived, they found 13-year-old Hamid Rasheed and 35-year-old Alvin Maharaj nursing gunshot wounds. Both were taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where they are warded in a stable condition suffering from injuries to their hands. Police said the two were standing at the corner when a gunman approached a group of men  and opened fire.


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