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Gunshots at Carnival party being investigated


Gunshots at Carnival party being investigated

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PORT OF SPAIN – The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) yesterday said it had launched an investigation into an incident at a Carnival party on Sunday where gunshots were fired into the air to disperse patrons.

In a statement, the TTDF confirmed the incident in Chaguaramas involving “unruly patrons” and members of the Coast Guard, after the partygoers had parked their vehicles at the Heliport.

It said that in an “effort to bring the situation under control warning shots had to be fired in the air”.

“No one was seriously harmed or injured during this incident. The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard has begun investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and the appropriate action will be taken as required,” the statement said.

It added that the TTDF would continue to “provide quality services to ensure the safety and security of citizens”.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has commended revellers for their “exemplary behaviour and observance to the rule of law” during J’Ouvert celebrations that heralded the start of the final two days of Carnival celebrations.

The Carnival (Prohibition of Glass Bottles) Regulations 2020 took effect at 4 a.m. on Monday and will end at midnight on Tuesday and Griffith praised the suppliers and distributors of beer and other types of alcohol drinks for their cooperation in having these drinks distributed and sold in tins and plastic bottles.

“Several persons were arrested for minor offences, and from all reports received, there were no life-threatening injuries related to J’Ouvert,” Griffith said, adding that there was a security lock-down as thousands headed into the capital for the celebrations. (CMC)