Shooting in T&T leaves one fisherman dead, 3 injured

(Trinidad Express) Police were yesterday searching for clues which could lead them to a lone gunman who ambushed seven Claxton Bay fishermen, which left one dead and three others in critical condition on Thursday evening.

Gary Dipnarine, 29, of Lodge Road, died on arrival at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH), cousin Ryan George is on life-support, cousin Derrick Sieunarine underwent surgery and uncle Mikey Ramdass may lose a foot, a relative said yesterday.

Sieunarine, 36, was shot in his face, George, 29, in his lungs and face, and Ramdass, 45, in his foot.

Another fisherman, identified as Ricardo “Ricky” Blackman , 35, received minor injuries and was discharged from hospital. \Two others—Ramdass’s son, Nicholas Havelock, and another man—were not injured.

According to a police report, around 5 p.m. the seven relatives and friends were in a boat near a jetty at Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL).

A relative, Lisa Sieunarine, 25, told the Express they went on a “boy’s lime” to test a boat engine that boat owner Mikey Ramdass had acquired the day before.

The men docked the boat and were reeling in a net when the gunman emerged from a nearby mangrove and opened fire. Havelock and another man dived into the water while the others were shot. The gunman ran back into the mangrove and escaped.

Police are uncertain whether robbery was the motive, although relatives said Dipnarine’s wallet containing cash, his cellphone and a gold chain were missing.

An autopsy was expected to be conducted on Dipnarine’s body yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre.

Homicide Bureau (South), San Fernando CID, and St Margaret’s police are investigating.


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