The University of the West Indies campus is now on lockdown after a staff member was kidnapped Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Maria Dass, who is the Commercialisation Manager at UWI's Institute of International Advancement, was snatched near the compound's North gate as she was on her way to pick up her child from school. Her husband is a Shell employee.
Details are still sketchy but police said at about 3.20 pm, Dass was driving her car out the campus when a Nissan Tiida approached and its three occupants opened fire on her vehicle. When Dass stopped her vehicle her attackers came out, bundled her into their car and drove out the compound. The getaway vehicle bore the license number PDK 9561, which was believed to be fake.
The incident was witnessed by several students, employees and other people on the campus. Eyewitnesses said one of the kidnappers was dressed like a police officer, another was in army uniform and the third was in dark clothing.
An eyewitness who was apparently a few cars behind posted on Facebook, "Trinidad is not a real place. I'm very shaken."
The T&T Guardian will update this story as more information comes to hand.