Monday 19 August, 2019

Carenage residents deny Gary's claims on who shot Naomi

Carenage residents are disputing claims by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, that police could not physically be responsible for shooting 14-year-old Naomi Nelson in Big Yard, Carenage last Friday.

During the Police Service weekly media briefing on Wednesday, Griffith presented a diagram purporting to be the location of the police vehicle at the time of the shootout.

However, the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday visited Carenage residents who told a different story.

They presented a sketch superimposed on a Google map of Big Yard, Carenage demonstrating the location of the dead persons as well as police. They also showed video evidence of where the vehicle was parked. 

According to their version of events, police pulled up in an unmarked vehicle which was not located where Griffith had presented at the media briefing. They said the officers did not properly identify themselves until after three people were killed with others injured.

Angry residents threw stones at the unmarked police vehicle following the shooting.

Newsday reports that the car is parked at the Four Roads Police Station with no visible bullet holes.

The Police Complaints Authority is investigating the incident. 

Naomi Nelson was a student of the Mucurapo East Secondary School. Autopsy results say she died from a bullet to the head. Also killed in the incident were Keron Eve and Kareem Roberts.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's godson, Ronaldo Sydney, was shot but was discharged from hospital. Two other men also survived.


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