Despite residents of Hindustan hearing the gunshots that ended the life of Nicanor Mohammed, nobody saw anything.
The lack of eyewitness accounts worried police as they said it was strange for that community.
Mohammed, 24, a construction labourer, died at the Princes Town District Health Facility after he was shot several times on Sunday night while going to the neighbourhood shop for bread.
Tableland police responded to a report of gunshots along Brown Avenue around 7. 45 pm.
On arrival, a party of officers found Mohammed bleeding on the roadside from gunshot wounds to his chest, abdomen and arms. He was still breathing, so the officers rushed him to the health facility where he died minutes later.
Undertakers took Mohammed’s body to the mortuary at the San Fernando General Hospital.
A District Medical Officer ordered an autopsy at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
At their home along Hindustan Road yesterday, Samuel David, Mohammed’s elder brother, could not speculate on the reason for the murder.
When asked, he took a long pause and said: “I can’t really say.” He also could not tell if anyone ever threatened his brother.
“I don’t really know what went on up the road,” David said.
He recalled his brother going to buy bread and other items for dinner. A short time later, the gunshots rang out.
“He went up the road by the shop, and we heard gunshots. When I heard the gunshots, I thought it was a bamboo bang. Somebody said, ‘David boy. Gunshots boy’. I got up and called my mother. We went up the road, but we didn’t get to see the body. They already carried it away,” David said.
Police returned to the community yesterday to continue interviews.
So far, they have not established a motive for the murder. Their records show that Mohammed was a drug offender.