Two men ambushed and gunned down a 28-year-old man in broad daylight near his home in Golconda yesterday.
Police said the victim, Akoo Wilson, a labourer, was walking along a street in Golconda Settlement, a short distance from his home around 8.30 am, when a car was seen heading towards him. Two armed men got out of the moving vehicle while it was still moving and ambushed him, firing several shots. Wilson fell after the first shots were fired but his attackers fired several more times while he was on the ground before getting back into the car and escaping from the scene. Police said he was hit in the head, chest, back and right arm.
Wilson was rushed to the San Fernando General Hospital but died during emergency surgery shortly after.
Police said a white AD Nissan Wagon believed to have been used in the attack was later found abandoned at Parakeet Boulevard, Pleasantville. Another vehicle was hit by bullets during the early morning attack but police believe these were not intentionally shot at that target.
Approximately 30 spent shells were recovered from the scene. Officers also obtained footage from nearby CCTV cameras of the attack.
The Homicide South Office is continuing investigations.
And in an unrelated incident, weapons seized by police officers over the weekend turned out to be nothing more than props used for a music video.
News of the seizure was brought to light in a video circulating on social media on Saturday night, with information accompanying the video claimed that police had seized a cache of weapons.
But the T&T Police Service cleared up the matter yesterday in a release.
“A video purporting that the police seized a cache of firearms last night (Saturday) was incorrect. What the police found were several objects resembling firearms which were being used as props in a music video.”
It said officers responded to reports that there was a group of men at the end of Sahadeen Trace in Vega de Oropouche, armed with firearms and of loud explosions.
A police party later stopped a white Nissan Navara with a group of men.
A 46-year-old man of Waterloo Road, Arouca, said he was the leader of the group and that they were shooting a music video. A search of the vehicle revealed camera equipment, as well as several plastic objects resembling firearms of different types. The leader of the group indicated that they were all props being used in a music video.
However, the officers discovered a silver-coloured air pistol with a black grip also wrapped in black electrical tape.
When asked if he had a permit to keep and carry the air pistol, the leader of the group said no. The officers then seized the air pistol pending further enquiries.