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Teens shot dead

By JANELLE DE SOUZA Monday, May 13 2013

SHOOTING victim Jesse Chris, 17, died at approximately 8 pm on Saturday while undergoing emergency treatment at Port-of-Spain General Hospital shortly after he was shot several times earlier that day.

According to police, at about 2.30 pm on Saturday, Chris and his friend 19-year-old Nigel Hypolite, both of East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, were approached by a gunman and shot while salvaging scrap iron from a recently fire-bombed house near their homes in Clifton Hill. Hypolite died on the spot while Chris was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition and later succumbing to his injuries.

Autopsies are expected to be done today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James. No arrest has been made and investigations are continuing.

In an unrelated incident, a Botswana national who police believe is responsible for a series of robberies outside Hi-Lo’s St Augustine branch, was nabbed shortly after he held-up a man on Saturday night.

According to a police report, at about 10.30 pm, 24-year-old Keel Pirrot of Bassie Street, Valsayn, was sitting in the back seat of a car parked outside Hi-Lo supermarket, St Augustine, waiting on his brother who had gone to use a nearby ATM.

A man, who pretended to have a gun, approached Pirrot and demanded cash and his cellphone.

Returning to the car, Pirrot’s brother saw what was taking place and he too pretended to have a gun and confronted the bandit. A fight ensued and the bandit was later overpowered.

He was handed over to officers who were on patrol nearby. The suspect was later found to reside at Evans Street, Curepe, and is expected to be placed on ID parades before being charged with the robbery.

Police said that within recent times, there have been several reports of people being robbed of their valuables in and around the Hi-Lo car park. In January, Shaif Khan an 18-year-old Hi-Lo St Augustine employee was knocked down and killed as he ran onto the Eastern Main Road in an effort to escape from bandits.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man from Santa Cruz was arrested by police at the weekend while attempting to break into Wang Li supermarket on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain.

During a police exercise, officers noticed a man with a bolt-cutter in front of the supermarket.

On approaching, they noticed the lock had already been cut. Six other persons were arrested during an exercise for such crimes as robbery and car larceny.

Among those arrested is a 17-year-old youth from Diego Martin wanted in connection with a robbery.

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