The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) continues its crackdown on illegal arms and ammunition, with multiple anti-crime exercises across the country.
Illegal weapon hidden in drain in St James
A firearm with ammunition and magazine, along with a bullet proof vest were found and seized by police officers during an anti-crime exercise on Tuesday night in St James.
Police said the Cavim shotgun, the pistol magazine, eight rounds of 7.62 ammunition and the bullet proof vest were found hidden in a drain at Aboud Circular and Dundonald Hill
A 36-year-old man from Morvant was shot and wounded by masked gunmen while in Laventille on Sunday night.
According to a police report, at about 9 pm, the victim was approached by the two gunmen while sitting on a culvert on the roadway, opposite a mini mart at Pashley Street, Laventille.
The victim attempted to run away but the men opened fire on him. The gunmen then escaped.
The victim was shot in the back. He was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was treated and warded in a stable condition.
An unidentified man was gunned down on Monday night in Laventille.
According to a police report, at about 7.20 pm, officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force responded to the sound of gunshots at Cashville, in the Eastern Quarry area.
On arrival, they found the body of an unidentified man lying on the roadway.
Police said he was shot multiple times.
The body was clad in a green jersey, a pair of long black jeans and a pair of black sneakers.
Investigations are continuing into two separate wounding incidents, including one in which a 15-year-old is a main suspect.
According to a police report, at about 3.30 pm on Friday, a man from Toco Main Road, Balandra, went fishing with his 15-year-old male relative. Police said while fishing, an argument broke out between the two, during which the teen took out a gun and shot his adult male relative twice.
A struggle then ensued and teen allegedly fell overboard. He managed to swim back to the pirogue but without the firearm.
Police officers were able to recover a stolen vehicle and arrest two men from Laventille, on Tuesday, whilst on patrol.
According to a police report, shortly before 10 pm on Tuesday, members of the Inter Agency Task Force were on patrol along Kerr Road, Laventille, when they observed a silver Nissan Tiida carrying licence plates matching the description of a car that was reported stolen on Monday in east Port of Spain.
The officers stopped the car and searched it and found a .380 automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition.
Investigations are continuing into the motive behind yesterday’s killing of Jmari Villaruel, in Troumacaque in Laventille.
The incident reportedly occurred at 5:30 p.m. Reports are that the victim was ambushed as he was liming at Hitler Trace, and was shot multiple times.
Police said that Jmari Villaruel, also known as "Pokey", hailed from Beetham Gardens and was well known by law enforcement.
No arrest has been made and investigations are continuing.
An autopsy is expected to be performed on Jmari Villaruel today, at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
A 38-year-old man was gunned down while seated in a parked vehicle on Thursday night at Laventille.
The victim has been identified as Sterling Singh, of Belle Eau Road in Belmont.
Police said at about 8.45 pm, Singh was seated in the driver's seat of a car at Gibson Trace off Old St. Joseph Road in Laventille, when a gunman approached him and opened fire.
Singh was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention.
Investigations are continuing.
A 19-year-old suspect remains in police custody after being caught with a firearm and a quantity of ammunition during an anti-crime exercise in the Laventille area on Thursday.
According to official police reports, officers of the Port of Spain Task Force were on patrol on Laventille Road, when they had cause to stop and search a male suspect.
The search revealed the suspect had one nine millimetre Browning pistol containing nine rounds of ammunition, tucked in his waist.
Two men have been arrested in connection with a report of robbery and wounding.
According to police reports, officers were on mobile patrol when they responded to a report of robbery and wounding at Tragarete Road and Cipriani Boulevard, around 11:00pm, on Tuesday 15th October 2019.
The officers, with the assistance of an off-duty police officer, arrested two suspects in connection with the incident and seized a revolver and three rounds of ammunition.
Laventille is in crisis and we need to fix it.
This was the sentiment of Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds during a meeting at the St Barbs Basketball Court yesterday.
“The reason why we call this meeting today is to bring this reality to you to let you understand that we have a crisis in Laventille,” said Hinds
He added: “This is a crisis because you know better than me that this evening your children are at risk.
They could be in the wrong place at the wrong time.