Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

Three men were shot dead in the last 24 hours in separate incidents pushing the country’s murder count to 236 for the year.

The most recent killing occurred yesterday morning at St John Street, East Dry River Port of Spain.

Investigators told Guardian Media that they were called to the scene where they found the body of Sheldon Best alias Bellys lying face down across the found seat of a Nissan Almera motorcar just before 7 am.

Best was shot multiple times about the body.

Police say that Best, who was from Morvant, was allegedly killed following an incident with a relative of a known gangster a few days ago.

On the scene, police recovered 45 shells of 5.56 ammunition which are usually used in high powered weapons like an AR-15 or Galil rifle.

The other two killings occurred on Monday night less than an hour apart in East Trinidad.

Investigators say that based on information obtained from an eye witness that 34-year-old Aaron Castillo was walking south along Clovis Street in Arima around 10:45 pm when a man wearing what appeared to be a black plastic bag over his head ran up behind Castillo and shot him several times. The gunman then escaped in a nearby drain.

Clovis police say was a known drug and robbery offender. They have yet to establish a clear motive for his killing.

Forty five minutes later at around 11:30 p.m, that night police responded to a report of gunfire at Jacob Hill in Wallerfield.

Investigators say 33-year-old Roodell Flaunders was sitting behind his shop at Lp# 17 at Granite Street when a gunman ran out a nearby track near the shop and shot him twice in the upper back and once in his right chest and then ran off.

Neighbours who responded to the shooting with the help of the police placed Flaunders into a police vehicle and he was taken to the Arima General Hospital.

Flaunders later died while he was being attended to at the hospital.

Police later recovered two 9mm spent shells from the scene.

They are yet to establish a motive for the killing