(Trinidad Guardian) A dispute over land is suspected to be the motive behind the murder of a Coalmine, Sangre Grande gardener on Friday.
Police said Nigel Charles, 39, a father of two, was confronted by a gunman who shot him to the head.
An eyewitness said Charles, a father of two, was filling water at the pipe in his garden around 7 am when a man, with his face was covered, whipped out a gun and began firing at Charles.
The witness said he heard Charles said “You go do me that boy” but the gunman continued to fire at Charles.
Charles, the witness said, attempted to run away but fell to the ground after colliding with a tree. The gunman escaped in the nearby bushes.
One of Charles’ friends said there was an ongoing quarrel for land and Charles had gotten death threats on Thursday.
The victim’s mother, Jean Charles, who resides at Valencia, told Guardian Media she left a house for her son because of a family dispute about the inheritance of a parcel of land.
She is hoping that those responsible for her son’s death would surrender to the police.
The victim’s wife, Brenda Lee, said she had just reached work when she got a message from her eldest son that her husband had been shot and killed.
“My co-worker took me back home where I saw neighbours gathered looking down at the garden. When I looked I saw Charles lying on the ground lifeless. I hugged my two sons and wept,” she said.
“This is yet another incident where children are left fatherless because of some ruthless gunman,” she said.
A team of police officers from Sangre Grande Police Station led by Supt Kennedy Deosaran, Insp Juri and Sgt Edwards responded to the report.
The killing of Charles brings the number of murders for the year to 83.
Man critical after shot in bed
In an unrelated shooting on Thursday night, Osei Clarke, 34 of Damarie Hill, Guaico, who sells water on the highway was shot by two armed men while in bed with his girlfriend.
Police reported around 9.30 pm on Thursday night Clarke and his 26-year-old girlfriend were in the bedroom when the heard footsteps in the yard. The gunmen forced open a door and shot Clarke.
Clarke was taken to Sangre Grande Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and was warded at the Intensive Care Unit in a critical condition.