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Gun violence erupts in T&T

PORT OF SPAIN — Two men are dead and another is currently warded in a critical condition at hospital following three separate shootings in the Arouca, Tunapuna and Laventille areas between Tuesday night and early yesterday morning. Two others were also shot in Marabella yesterday morning, including a 13-year-old boy.

The murders took place under similar circumstances during celebratory parties ushering out Christmas.

The names of the victims have since been given as Andre Alexis, 26, of Henry Road, Tunapuna, and Sean Papa Charles, 27, of Seventh Avenue, Phase Three, Bon Air Gardens, Arouca.

Investigators said they were aware of the identity of one of the killers and are confident an arrest would be made soon.

The two latest killings have carried the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 378, according to an Express tally. For all of last year there were 354 murders.

Police said, around 4:20 a.m., Alexis was at a house party along Lashley Street, a short distance from where he lived, when he was shot dead.

Officers said Alexis was liming along the roadway with a group of people when a gunman opened fire, hitting him in the neck. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mount Hope where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

Police said prior to the shooting there was an argument between Alexis and a group of men, but Alexis’s family disputed this.

His aunt, Arlene Forde, told members of the media yesterday she was made aware that the situation was sparked when someone who was at the party threw a glass bottle which smashed the windshield of a car that was parked nearby.

It was then that the other group of men, who were liming close to where the car was, opened fire on the group of party-goers, said Forde.

Two other people who were also in attendance at the party were grazed by bullets, said investigators. They were treated at hospital and later discharged. (Express)

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