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Three more dead in Trinidad

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – A police officer and a blind man were among three people killed during the Christmas holidays.
Police said that Constable Lutchmansingh Pooran, 29, who was attached to the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) committed suicide yesterday after he attempted to kill a female relative. Pooran, a 10-year veteran with the police, shot himself in the left side of his head using his licensed nine-millimetre pistol while seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
Earlier, he shot his niece, Angel Persad, in the chest. She is now at the San Fernando General Hospital, south of here.
Police said they are also investigating the death of 44-year-old Curtis Lewis, a blind man, who was shot in the volatile Laventille area, along the east-west corridor yesterday.
“Who would really want to kill a blind man?” Roxanne Lewis, a sister of the deceased told reporters.
Lewis was walking along a track in the area in the company of his father when he (Lewis’s father) was stopped by a man to hold a conversation. Lewis continued walking and shortly after, several loud explosions were heard. His body was later found lying along the roadway with gunshot wounds to the body.
In the other incident, Neil Williams, 35, was shot in Laventille by two gunmen in what police believe to be an ongoing war among gang members.