Quick response by members of the Police Service and the army
saved two young women from being abducted and possibly killed
on Saturday night.
Police reports state that at around 8.30 pm, three men opened
fire on a house at Dunlop Drive, Cocorite.
They then dragged two 18-year-old women from the house.
Avalon Strachan, who lives in the house, and Giselle Holder,
her friend, were watching television at the time.
As they pulled the women out of the house, the men accused
them of setting up the murder of their friend Nazim Skinner,
a police source said.
Skinner was killed in St Barbs on Thursday.
The source said the assailants believed the two women were
friends of the men who killed Skinner.
The source said someone at the house contacted the police
when they saw what was happening.
Luckily for the two women, a team of Western Division detectives
and soldiers were on joint patrol and were able to respond
in record time.
The police officers, supervised by Insp Anthony Lezama and
Sgt Henry Dan and including Sgt Reyes, confronted the men
and a shoot-out ensued.
An East Dry River man, believed to be a member of the notorious
G Unit gang, was found hiding behind a house nursing gunshot
wounds to the face and chest.
The two other men escaped.
Police recovered two firearms and a quantity of ammunition
at the scene.
The wounded man is warded at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
in critical condition under police guard.
Strachan and Holder were questioned by the police and moved
to a safe house to prevent any further attempts on their lives.
Western Division Police are continuing investigations.