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Police officers are seen following a drive-by shooting where three people were shot, two killed at Coconut Drive, Morvant, yesterday.

The murder count stood at 150 up yesterday evening as five murders were recorded over a 24-hour period from Tuesday into Wednesday evening.

Police officers were kept busy on both days hours before the start of the official 9 pm to 5 am curfew hours.

On Wednesday, two men were killed and one other shot and wounded during a shooting incident in Morvant.

The victims have been identified by police as Atiba Riley and Abdool Mohammed.

Police said Riley was liming with a group of friends along Coconut Drive, Morvant, when a silver Tiida vehicle drove past them.

Gunshots were heard and the vehicle was then seen speeding away.

Riley and two others were seen bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds about their bodies.

The three injured men were taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for treatment, however, Riley subsequently succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival there.

Mohammed, one of the other two surviving victims who was said to be in a critical condition having been shot in the torso later died at the hospital as well. The third victim was shot in the buttocks.

Also, on Wednesday afternoon, a maxi taxi driver identified as Richard Joseph was killed after being robbed while working his green band maxi along Cunupia Main Road in the vicinity of Homeland Gardens.

Hours before a 45-year-old Guyanese national was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Piarco while talking to a friend on Tuesday night just a little over an hour before curfew kicked in.

He was identified as Nigel Mootoo of Carnbie Road, Piarco.

According to a police report, around 7:45 pm Mootoo was speaking to a friend, at Carnbie Road Piarco when they saw a hatchback vehicle believed to be a Nissan Tiida drive along the roadway and then turned around.

A man came out of the vehicle and began shooting.

Mootoo was shot about his body and succumbed to his injuries on the scene. While, his friend, who was shot and injured on the left side of the buttocks, was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex to seek medical attention where he was medically examined and treated. He is in a stable condition.

Police said they recovered 21 spent 40 calibre casings, one projectile fragment, one apparent projectile and four deformed projectiles at the scene.

In a separate incident, a 29-year-old man of Greenvale, La Horquetta, Arima escaped injuries during a shooting incident minutes before the 9 pm curfew took effect

Police said around 8:15 pm on Tuesday the victim was driving his black Mercedes Benz in Greenvale Avenue, La Horquetta close to Castle Avenue to go home when he saw a black Ford Ranger following him, then overtook his vehicle blocking his path.

The victim told police he then saw a man of African exit the black Ford Ranger and pointed a firearm in his direction.

The victim reversed his vehicle and attempted to drive off but the gunman opened fire on him.

The victim made his way to the La Horquetta Police Station and reported the incident.

In another incident, a 21-year-old man of Pinto Road, Arima was stabbed in the neck.

Investigators said around 9 pm on Tuesday the victim, the 25-year-old suspect and the victim’s sister were liming and drinking alcohol. Police said an argument erupted between the suspect and the victim. Officers said the victim allegedly attacked the suspect who picked up a nearby Carib bottle, broke it and dealt the victim several stabs to the neck.

The victim’s sister alerted a nearby patrol and they responded. The suspect was attended to and discharged.

The victim was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he underwent emergency surgery.

Earlier Tuesday, a 20-year-old coconut vendor was shot and killed by someone pretending to be a customer.

According to a police report, at about 12.45 pm (Tuesday) Cardel Charles was selling coconuts at Bypass Road in Valencia when a man pretending to be a customer called out to him in front of his stall. The ‘customer’ pointed a gun and shot him several times to the head and hand.

Investigations are continuing.