A La Romaine family was left shaken yesterday after a gunman broke into their home, shooting siblings Anicia and Amiel Brooks in a failed burglary.
Reports stated that Anicia, 28, a fashion designer and Amiel, 27, were recovering at their La Romaine home after being treated for gunshot wounds on their shoulders at the San Fernando General Hospital.
Police said the family was asleep around 3.15 am when the gunman broke into their house. Investigators believed that when Amiel walked into the hallway, the burglar was startled and fired a shot. Anicia, who walked out behind her brother, was also shot. Investigators said the bullet pierced through Amiel’s shoulder and struck Anicia.
A team of Southern Division Task Force and La Romaine police officers responded and took the siblings to the hospital. A search was carried out in the area but no one was held up to late yesterday.
Their father, Selwyn, told the T&T Guardian that the family was left traumatised as they never thought crime would have reached to their home in the quiet side of La Romaine.
However, the community is bordered by Pond Street, which police have identified as a hotspot with several drug blocks.
Selwyn, an ex-soldier, said that should criminals return to his house, he will be prepared.
He was thankful that the injuries suffered by his children were not life-threatening and that no one else was injured, especially as his other daughter Anika had returned home with her six-month-old baby.
Thankfully it was the baby that had Anika awake while the burglar was knocking a hole in a door and was able to alert her parents.
“She heard a noise. Bang! Bang! Like someone was trying to come into the house and so she told my wife. My wife woke me up and told me that someone was trying to break into the house. I jumped up and came downstairs and saw that he broke out part of the door. That particular door has the deadbolt to turn on the inside.
“When I watched, he had the gun and he was peeping through the door to see if anybody was coming. I ran upstairs and alerted everybody.
‘Lock all the doors and call the police’,” Selwyn said.
However, Anicia and Amiel, who were staying in the same room, did not hear his instructions and as the burglar walked upstairs and approached Selwyn’s room, they walked into the hallway. The burglar turned around and fire a shot.
Selwyn said he had already contacted the police and was thinking everything was OK, especially as he did not hear the gunshot. It was when his wife called Anika by phone to find out if they were OK, that they learned of the shooting. Selwyn said he ran through the door but the burglar had already run out, without taking anything.
Amiel had run into the bathroom and locked the door. It was believed that the burglar got into a vehicle and drove off towards Pond Street.
Selwyn said he believes that the burglar came for one of the vehicles that was parked in the yard. He said it was just last Saturday that the family was discussing the instalment of CCTV cameras around the house. He said it was possible that the burglar could have been monitoring his family before making his move last night.
“The crime situation is just getting worse. Those fellas are getting braver and they don’t care because they have a power, which is the gun. He had to be really brave because I alerted everyone and he still came into my house. He didn’t see me and he didn’t know if I had something too.”
Investigations are continuing.
- by Kevon Felmine