The national murder count has been pushed up to 318, following a deadly shooting incident on Tuesday night.

Reports are that two men were killed and three others injured—including a coast guard officer and an off-duty police officer—during the shooting incident, which occurred in Morvant.

However, police said the intended target of the shooters was not on the scene at the time of the actual shooting.

According to a police report, a group of men were liming along Jacobin Street in Morvant at about 10:30 pm, when a white Nissan B13 pulled up alongside them.

Before the group could disperse, the occupants of the car opened fire on them. The vehicle then sped off.

Police said five people were shot—an acting corporal Nigel Stewart of Morvant; Gregory Robinson of Trincity; Kevin Grandison and Jason Grandison, both of Jacobin Street, Morvant; and coast guard officer Quasi Waldron of Morvant.

Stewart, police said, is an officer assigned to the Guard and Emergency Branch of the T&T Police Service.

The injured men were taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. However, Jason Grandison and Gregory Robinson succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.

A team of officers led by Insp Maraj, Sgt Bharath, and Cpl Majeed visited the scene and are continuing investigations.