Child killed in drive-by shooting in Chaguanas

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –Police say they will leave no stone unturned as they investigate the murder of nine year-old Jamal Modeste in Chaguanas, Central Trinidad, on Saturday night.

“Over the years the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has invested resources in the Enterprise area and will continue to work and partner with members of the community,” said Acting Commissioner of Police Erla Christopher.

“Additionally, the TTPS will render assistance to the distraught family during this traumatic time through our Victim and Witness Support Unit,” she said, appealing to “anyone who has information that could assist, please come forward.

Help us, so justice can be served, to give some semblance of closure and relief to a grieving family,” she said.

Police said that several shots were fired from a white panel van in the vicinity of the basketball court at the African Grounds and that the nine-year-old was struck by the gunfire and taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police said that the white panel van was reportedly stolen at gunpoint earlier on Saturday.

They have not disclosed any motive for the killing.

So far this year, Trinidad and Tobago has recorded 463 murders as compared with 320 for the same period last year.

Last year the country recorded 448 murders. (CMC)

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