Trinidad – National footballer caught in gunfire between rival gangs
PORT OF SPAIN – National women’s footballer Ahkeela Mollon survived a hail of bullets that smashed the windscreen of her car parked outside the family home on Tuesday, after she was caught in cross-fire between rival gangs.
The 30-year-old mid-fielder and striker was pulled to safety by her mother and hid from gunmen as they fired.
Mollen was thanking God for life: “I am still in shock. The shots were spot-on on my car. I am so thankful to God. He is the only one that made by mom open that door at that time. If this had gone another way, my mother would have been crying today”.
The incident occured at around 9:10 p.m. when Mollon, who is also known as “Lady Latapy”, pulled up to her home at La Monte Street, Longdenville.
She was returning home from training with her team CNGC Rush, of the Women’s Premier League.
Mollon had opened her gate to reverse her Nissan Primera when she heard loud explosions.
“As I pushed the gate I started to hear bullets going off. I didn’t know from what direction it was coming. At the same time my mom opened the door”, she recalled. “We just backpedalled into the house and we fell to the ground. We lay there for about 20 minutes. We were hearing footsteps in the road for a while. The timing of everything was just too precise”.
They contacted police and officers responded to the scene.
Mollon said her car bore several bullet holes, with two each on the front and back windscreen.
“It was an execution style shooting”, said the national footballer.
Police said they had also received a report earlier of a shooting incident outside the home of police corporal Anthony Burns of the Rapid Response Unit who also lives nearby.
Police said that the suspects who shot at the police officer’s house were attemping to enter their get-away car, when another gang of men began shooting at them.
The second gang shot at Mollon’s car, believing it to be the getaway car, police said.
Mollon said: “I have never experienced this kind of thing before in Longdenville. I have lived here all my life, and I never know here to have gangs. This area has always been peaceful”.
She said she intended to play last night with her team against Petrotrin Oilers at the St James Barracks in the second game of the Women’s Premier League.
There have been no arrests in the incident.