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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Cops in Chaguaramas vehicle searches

In the aftermath of Sunday’s bloodbath along the Boardwalk in Chaguaramas, officers of the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) yesterday started stop and search exercises on almost every vehicle entering and exiting the western peninsula.

One of the CDA officers, who asked not to be identified, said roadblocks along the Western Main Road were not usual but admitted the activity had been heightened since the attack.

The exercises, which involve the random stopping and searching of vehicles and their occupants, are now expected to take place during every rotation shift.

“This is just a way of beefing up security and making beachgoers and commuters feel safer at the end of the day. Police mobile patrols have been heightened as well,” the CDA officer said.

The T&T Guardian was also assured that the CDA officers will continue to work in collaboration with the T&T Police Service and Defence Force to return law and order to the area.

Meanwhile, the area along the Boardwalk where the fatal shootings took place remained cordoned off yesterday, although the bloodstains from the three victims were still evident.

A visiting family seen picnicking near the police tape admitted they had not heard of the murders that occurred on Sunday but expressed disgust that the area was not properly washed down and sanitised.

Another CDA officer said he did not know the reason why the tape was still up and the blood stains were still there.

“I don’t know but it is smelling very fresh and upsetting,” the officer said.

Another visitor to the Williams Bay beach, who wished not to be identified, said there was a sense of safety yesterday.

“Honestly, I believe the shooting was a definite target and I would think that it is an isolated incident. I don’t think anything like that would happen again but at the same time, you don’t know what to expect with this crime and gang rivalry that going on.

“I feel comfortable to see the police out today. It hardly have people on the beach but I guess as time goes on and the days go by more and more people will come out. Everywhere you at risk, even in your own homes, so is best you pray and come out and enjoy yourself and hope to reach back home alive,” the visitor said.

The T&T Guardian was told that all surveillance cameras along the area are in working condition and it is believed footage has already been taken by investigating officers.

Two days after he escaped bullets from gunmen, Fabien “Super” Williams of Sea View Hill, of Carenage, was killed while liming with friends during an attack by a group of gunmen around 7 pm on Sunday. Two others - Kedel “Timeless” Osbourne, 21, from Sea View Hill, Carenage and Andrew Francis, 39, of Mamoral No. 2, were also killed as the gunmen sprayed bullets at their intended target, police said. Three others, Ian Brown, 20, of Upper Sea View, Carenage; Keron Jones, 26, of Cleaver Heights, Arima and Jakeem Moses, eight, of Pelican Extension, Morvant, were also hurt and remain hospitalised.

New information reaching the T&T Guardian yesterday suggests that contrary to earlier reports, the gunmen approached the Boardwalk via a pirogue. According to police sources, the gunmen, believed to be from the Carenage area, got out the pirogue, ran ashore to the Boardwalk and opened fire on their intended target - Williams. The T&T Guardian was told that on Friday there was an attempt on Williams’ life when gunmen opened fire on him while he was liming at a bar. Police believe that this incident was gang-related.

However, yesterday during a walkabout in the community Williams’ relatives told Movement for Social Justice activist Kizzy Monsegue that Williams was no member of any gang and was never involved with guns.


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