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Friday, May 25, 2018
Shiroon Mohammed is consoled by her sister Kurisha Hosein over the death of her son Zainool Mohammed (inset) at her home in Petit Morne, Ste Madeleine yesterday . PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH

Facing death after a gunman pumped a bullet into his head, Zainool Mohammed ran frantically to his niece’s home crying out for help.

Within the seconds it took for his niece, Sherene Mohammed, to reach her front door, however, Mohammed died and his killer had escaped.

Police said Mohammed was at his home on Coquette Street, Ste Madeleine, around 10.35 pm Wednesday when he was shot.

Sherene said yesterday that she heard a single gunshot, followed by Mohammed calling her name.

As she walked outside, she said she was frozen with fear as she saw her uncle lying still in front their gate. She said he had a gunshot wound under his chin that looked like someone pressed a gun there and shot him. Relatives believe someone he knew well and shared a cordial relationship may have been the killer because of how close the person got before shooting him. Ste Madeleine police and an ambulance responded, but Mohammed was dead before they got to the scene.

The murder came as a shock to relatives, who said he never got into arguments or fights with anyone and never complained of any threats. They said since Caroni (1975) Ltd was shut down, he had been cleaning yards and doing small jobs around the neighbourhood to make a living. Most of his days were spent liming with a friend in the area.

But police said while they had no clear-cut motive for the killing, his addiction to cocaine and crimes as a petty thief may have led to his demise. At her Petit Morne home yesterday, Mohammed’s mother, Shiroon Mohammed, said he was a good son but would give “a little trouble” whenever he smoked his cocaine.



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