Two dead, five injured in Laventille
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Sunday, August 25 2013
After nine days of relative peace in East Port-of-Spain and Laventille since August 14 when six persons, three teenagers included, were killed in a violent shooting spree, violence broke out again when six persons were shot at by unknown gunmen while liming on Block 22, Laventille.
Police reported that at about 11.45pm, a group of friends were liming at Block 22, playing cards by the roadway, and a 29-year-old woman from the area was walking past the group on her way to the nearby parlour, when four men were seen walking towards the card-playing group.
No one paid the four men any attention. Upon reaching the group, however, the four assailants pulled out firearms and began shooting.
As quickly as the attack began, it was over, and the four men fled the scene on foot. When the smoke cleared, 27-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Cameron was dead, and five other persons had been injured in the shooting.
Cameron, who was said to be from Snake Valley, Laventille, had been shot multiple times about his head and chest.
The police were notified, and the injured parties were all rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Nineteen-year-old Barry Abdul Harrington was pronounced dead on arrival.
Marcus Clement, 18, of Picton Road, Laventille, received gunshot injuries to his back.
Nikesha Samuel, 29, of Block 22 — who was walking to a parlour at the time of the incident — was shot on her right foot.
Keon Jack, 22, of Mentor Alley, Laventille, received gunshot injuries to his left foot. Curtis Sylvester, 51, of Block 22, was shot on his left foot.
The area was cordoned off and a party of officers from the Port-of-Spain CID, the Inter Agency Task Force, the Besson Street Police, and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including Senior Superintendent Wayne Boyd, ASP Ajith Persad, Inspector Sahadeo Singh, Inspector Joseph Chandool, Sgt Springer and Sgt Spence, among others, visited the scene.
Crime Scene Investigators also cordoned off the area and recovered several spent shells. The bodies will be brought to the Forensic Science Centre in St James tomorrow where an autopsy will be done. WPC Sgt Sylvester is continuing investigations.
When Sunday Newsday visited the scene, Community Motivational Speaker Hal “Uncle Roy” Greaves, pleaded for the young men who were involved in criminal activities to put down the guns.
“It’s a river of tears they have left in their wake tonight. The mothers of those two men who get shoot can’t speak. Is pain meeting pain over here, it is death meeting death, and caught in the middle are mothers and children who are suffering. Our society is in shock, because right now it is one traumatic event after another,” Greaves said. Sunday Newsday was informed that Cameron was a painter who had recently become a father while Harrington was a security guard.
Although senior police officials have described the shooting incidents as “tragic and saddening” they said they would not let this deter them from continuing their war on crime.
“We have increased patrols. We have a heightened visibility. We are responding as soon as reports are made. And we are taking any and every incident of criminality very seriously. However, no matter how fortified we want this city and this country to be, occasionally there will be moments where criminal elements slip through the cracks.
“This is one of those moments. And this is why we continuously ask for the public to partner with us. To reduce these cracks.
“If someone had seen those men with their guns for instance and called 555 or Crime Stoppers, then it is very likely that those two men would not have died so tragically.
“So we need the assistance of the public terribly. This is our country. And we need to take it back from the criminal elements. But one hand doesn’t clap. We need the cooperation and assistance of the public in our fight against crime,” said a police source.