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Ex-fireman shot in face

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Retired Fire Station Officer (FSO) Robin Sookdeo

With no idea why he was shot and no word yet from doctors on his condition, relatives of retired Fire Station Officer (FSO) Robin Sookdeo are today praying for a miracle.

Sookdeo, 56, was shot in the right side of his face at his New Settlement, Dow Village, Couva home yesterday. The bullet is said to have shattered in his head.

His sister, Indira Ali, 53, was also shot once in the leg by a gunman who stormed their home.

According to reports, Sookdeo was accosted by the gunman around 10.55 am and shot in the face. On hearing the gunshot, Ali ran out and the gunman shot her in the leg before escaping in a drain near the roadway.

Sookdeo retired from the T&T Fire Service several years ago. Speaking outside the Emergency Department of the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday, one of Sookdeo’s daughters, Risa Sookhoo, told the T&T Guardian her family had no idea why the two were attacked.

She said her father was had undergone an x-ray and was expected to undergo emergency surgery overnight.

“The entire family is just trying to stay strong right now for him. The doctors are not saying much, they said the bullet shattered into fragments in his head and they have not told us what are his chances of surviving,” she said.

Sookdeo is currently employed at the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation as a security officer and Ali is a security officer with Amalgamated Security Services Ltd.

Ali was listed in stable condition and was said to be recovering well last night.


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