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1 killed, 5 hurt in PoS drive-by

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pregnant women, children and the elderly had to scamper for safety yesterday, after two gunmen opened fire on a group of people liming along St Paul Street, Port-of-Spain, killing one man.

Residents said around 5.30 pm two men came out a white Nissan AD wagon and opened fire indiscriminately. The gunmen shot six people including Isaiah Sanchez, who died while en route to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

The others who were shot included Anthony Raymond, 50 and his sister-in-law Pamela Lee, 46, Joel Williams, 20, Andy Huggins, 21 and Sheldon Jemont, 27.

Sanchez, 28, was described as a “real cool fella” who tried to keep the youth out of trouble and always had a smile on his face. He was the father of one child who lived abroad and the only child of his mother, who also lives abroad.

The shooting took place just outside the St Paul Street Housing Development, around the corner from the newly-built Besson Street Police Station and one building away from the old police station. The car the gunmen used was later found abandoned at Block 8, Laventille, with the magazine of a high-powered rifle inside.

One of the pregnant women who was forced to run for safety told the T&T Guardian police had failed in their duties, as they responded long after the killers left and the injured were transported to hospital. The woman, whose father and aunt were shot, labelled the officers as “puppet police,” adding prior to the shooting there were police officers assisting in removing people from apartments who were not legally there.

“As soon as police leave the gunmen pull up and just blaze up the place. People was clearly watching the block. After joy is really sorrow yes, because all them children was playing in the road,” she said.

A resident at the scene of the shooting also criticised police for what she considered their ineptness in dealing with the shooting. The woman, who refused to be interviewed, was heard telling others “when shooters from up the hill come down, everybody does lie down,” referring to the area where the abandoned car was found.