|Fleeing man shot in left knee |
By RACHAEL ESPINET Wednesday, January 22 2014
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SHOOTING: Policemen at the scene of a shooting along Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday where a man was shot in his knee. A suspect was subsequent...
A 26-YEAR-OLD man was shot once in the left knee in front of a bookstore on lower Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday after being chased by his armed assailant.
Police sources said at about 12.05 pm Prince Olatingi Denbow, 26, was chased by a man down Henry Street when he was shot once in the left knee. The shooter then fled the scene. Police officers arrived shortly after the shooting and took the bleeding man to Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Head of the Port-of-Spain Division, Snr Supt Michael Roban was on the scene coordinating investigations. He said the shooter has been positively identified by an eyewitness.
A passerby used his cellular phone to video record Denbow writhing in pain as he lay in a drain outside the bookstore.
A woman who works nearby, said when she heard the gunshot she dropped to the ground to avoid being shot.
She said many people ran into the mall when the shooting occurred. Less than an hour later the shooting occurred, Snr Supt Roban told reporters that a suspect was in custody. He said the suspect was arrested in the area but was not sure if the firearm was recovered. “We have been informed that the shooter has been arrested and taken to the station.
“While it would have been good if this could have been prevented, it is also commendable that the quick action by police has resulted in an arrest,” Snr Supt Roban said. Up to press time, Denbow remained warded in stable condition at hospital.
The shooting led to an hour-long traffic pile-up along Independence Square as the southern entrance to Henry Street was blocked off to vehicular traffic while crime scene officers were searching for evidence at the shooting scene.