|Police demand more firepower in Enterprise |
Cecily Asson Wednesday, March 15 2017
POLICE officers assigned to protect the family of murder victim Terrence “Boomy” Patrick, 33, of Enterprise, are demanding more firepower in light of a telling and threatening Facebook live video made by the alleged leader and members of the Unruly Isis gang to members of rival gang Rasta City.
In the video released yesterday, members of Unruly Isis indicated that they were “out” for Rasta City members and had “plenty bullets” for them. The police officers are now said to be running scared as the gang war heats up in the Enterprise area.
One concerned senior officer asked: “How can you have two young constables with pistols, not even heavy arms, stationed outside the house in Enterprise? In that environment anything can happen to these officers.” Newsday was told that most of the officers on so far rotation are “rookies” and come from various police stations across the Central Division.
Police said the video was also a message to the law enforcement officers. “Look at the behaviour of the gang leader and his men in this video,” said the senior officer.
A number of persons have been killed and others wounded over the last few months in Enterprise. Since Saturday, the two officers have been stationed round the clock outside Patrick’s home which is located at the corner of John and School Trace, Enterprise following threats made on the lives of his family members.
Patrick, whose brother was shot and killed two years ago, was one of four people shot and wounded last Friday evening in Enterprise.
He died on the spot as a result of multiple gunshots to the left side of his hand, head and forearm. A second victim Christian Mohammed, succumbed to his injuries early Saturday morning at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. He was shot twice in the lower back. Labourer Daniel Tannis, 25, of Bagaloo Street, Enterprise sustained gunshot wounds to the buttocks and lower thigh while student Candice James, 26, of John and School Street, Enterprise was shot in the left leg. They have since been discharged from hospital. Three men, one of them a relative of late community activist Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis were subsequently detained.
In the video that shows blatant disregard for law and order, gang members openly declared war on their rivals boasting that they were “outside” and not afraid of anybody while warning their rivals not to cross the borders. It was reported that the Unruly Isis members took to Facebook following their release having secured bail for possession of a loaded Beretta pistol which according to reports was found in the vehicle in which they were travelling along Connection Drive, in Enterprise last week Wednesday.
Three men and one woman appeared before a magistrate in the Chaguanas Court and are expected to return to court next month.
“Allyuh we out here, we out here we say, watch we real good, we eh fraid ah nobody” said one of the men as they celebrated their release on Facebook live.
“We have shooter out here, we global and worldwide I say.” Another man displaying a bag around his neck, announced “We not fraid all them Rasta City, namco (in obvious reference to bullets) tam, tam, plenty bullets and do not pass in Crown Trace, do not pass in Chrissy Trace, do not pass on Crown Trace Main Road, we hitting allyuh plenty bullet, because I on a bike.” The man raised his bicycle for the camera.
Contacted yesterday for comment on the safety concerns of his officers, Head of Central Division Snr Supt McIntyre told Newsday that his men were only doing their duty by protecting citizens in need of protection. He said they were not protecting gang members.
“I don’t’ see it as protecting criminals,” McIntyre said. “I look at it as protecting people who are basically victims and need protection at this point in time.” Questioned about the viral video, McIntyre said he had not seen it as yet.
He told Newsday: “I was in a conference all morning and have not seen the video. I will take a look at it and whatever action needs to be taken, will be taken because I am not going to condone any kind of lawlessness. Once not dealt with, it will get worse.”