Police have identified Dwayne King as the man who was shot during rush hour traffic along the Beetham Highway earlier today.
King was attacked just around 8.30 am by two masked men armed with high-powered weapons near the flyover at National Petroleum. He was driving his silver Nissan Tiida along the westbound lane of the highway at the time.
The gunmen fled the scene in their vehicle in the chaos which ensued, hitting other vehicles as they weaved through traffic and used the highway's shoulder to escape.
Laventille West MP and acting Attorney General Fitzgerald Hinds has filed a police report about yesterday's incident in Beetham Gardens and police have launched an immediate investigation.
Police Public Information Officer ASP Michael Jackman confirmed to CNC3 that MP Hinds made an official report about the incident to the police.
While touring flood-stricken Beetham Gardens, water was thrown on Hinds and Councilor Akil Audian, prompting them to flee.
Hinds was seen leaving the Besson Street Police Station this morning.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has confirmed that there has been no obstruction to the normal flow of traffic along the Beetham Highway, Port of Spain, contrary to reports circulating via social media.
A statement by the TTPS says that following a police-involved shooting incident in the Beetham Gardens area around 6:30 am today, officers of the Port of Spain Division moved in swiftly to maintain law and order.
It says that as a consequence of the preemptive action of the police, there was no disruption in the flow of traffic.
A 19-year-old is shot and killed by police this morning. The victim is identified as Akiel Thomas also known as Alkaline. According to police at around 6:40 am officers from Port of Spain CID and the interagency task force were conducting an exercise and upon reaching hell yard Beetham Gardens they noticed Thomas with a firearm, police tell CNC3 news that they called out the teen who then pointed the firearm at the officers. He did not open fire but officers shot at the 19-year-old who was hit in the chest. He was taken to hospital where he died.