Cocorite residents are now bracing themselves for an “all-out war” among the members of the community following yesterday’s attempt on the life of businessman Dwayne King.
Police officers are, however, expected to increase patrols along the East-West Corridor, Western Main Road and Cocorite as a result of this threat, the T&T Guardian was told. Police believe there is an internal split in one of the major gangs in the area who refer to themselves as “Muslims.” The split occurred earlier this year and has led to several murders from April to September 26.
T&T Guardian was told that some of the gang members who fell out from the group are now turning their guns on their former colleagues for reasons unknown. It is suspected that whenever a killing in the area is carried out, blame is being placed on the rival “Rasta City” gang. But, according to police intelligence, “the Muslims are warring with each other.”
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, an elder in the community who wished not to be named for fear he may be killed, said the attempt on King’s life was just a “tip of the iceberg.”
“Them fellas mean business and they will walk up to anyone now and shoot them in cold blood,” the elder said.
A Waterhole mother, whose son was killed recently, said she is now fearful for her remaining children.
“Every night you hear gunshots all around you like rain and ever so often someone right here gets killed. Over the past few months, we have lost a lot of sons and it is being said that more lives will soon be taken.
“I plan to move out but I’m afraid if I take my children their soon-to-be-killers will follow wherever they go. I’m just waiting but hoping no more bullets fly.”
Residents strongly believe the gunmen in yesterday’s rush hour traffic attack along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway knew King’s whereabouts and the other person he was with. “The gunmen had a motive and they had the perfect timing…maybe it didn’t go how they planned it but it was well-orchestrated. I would not be surprised if King, if he survives, identifies the gunmen. I think it’s people close to him but all of us have to watch our own backs because in this dance you can’t even trust your own shadow,” a resident said.
Officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force and Port-of-Spain Task Force responded on the scene along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway after King was shot several times as he sat in his Tiida by two masked gunmen who came out a Toyota Fielder wagon around 8.30 am yesterday. The driver of the wagon sped off and the vehicle was later found abandoned in the Sea Lots area.
King was taken to hospital where he was under heavy police guard after undergoing surgery last evening.
- by Rhondor Dowlat