The country’s murder toll increased to 139, following two separate killings in Laventille and Arima on Wednesday, March 29.
The first incident occurred around 5:45 pm on March 29, at Upper Laventille Road, Port-of-Spain.
Guardian Media understands officers received a report of a shooting in the vicinity of Blondell Avenue. Responding officers found Matthew Granger lying on the road; his body bore several gunshot wounds.
The 41-year-old man, who lived at Duke Street, Port-of-Spain, had been employed as a loader at Carib Brewery, Champs Fleurs.
Reports claim Granger was confronted by two men minutes before the shooting, as he was liming at Ishmael’s Parlour, Laventille Road.
It is alleged that a gold Nissan Tiida vehicle turned onto the street and sped up before stopping in front the shop. Once there, gunmen opened fire on the group of persons who had been standing outside.
Officers from Homicide Bureau/Region 1 are continuing enquiries.
The second killing took place around 10:20 pm also on Wednesday, March 29.
Reports are that unknown persons shot at 36-year-old Mikhail Pierre while he was in a car, said to be a silver Nissan Bluebird Sylphy. His body was then dumped out of the car, which reportedly sped off from the scene.
Guardian Media understands Pierre had collected the Nissan Sylphy car earlier in the day, as part of a work-to-own arrangement.
Mobile officers on patrol received a report that a man nursing several gunshot wounds had been dumped along Harold Joseph Place in Arima. Upon arrival at the scene, the officers found Pierre’s body.
Mikhail Pierre—of Roland Cleveland and Lennox Yearwood Expressway, Malabar—had been shot several times in the head and face. The deceased had been wearing a white jersey and a pair of blue three-quarter pants and was barefooted.
Police say although the scene was processed, nothing of evidential value was retrieved.
Homicide Region 2 officers are continuing enquiries.