Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Man shot dead over alleged refusal to join gang

Police are being told that 23-year-old Joel Phillip may have been killed on Thursday because he didn’t want to join a gang.

Phillip was shot dead around 4.15 pm along Box Hill Trace, Laventille, by unknown assailants.

Residents heard explosions, and upon investigating, they observed the body of the 23-year-old lying face down in a pool of blood.

Police were notified and officers from the Port of Spain Division, under the supervisions of Snr Sup Hodge Griffith and Snr Sup Persad, as well as officers from the Homicide Bureau, visited the scene. 

The area was cordoned off and crime scene investigators recovered several spent shells.

The body was then viewed by a district medical officer, who then ordered its removal to the Forensic Science Center in St James. 

An autopsy is expected to take place on Friday.

Phillip, police said, was not known to them.

Relatives on location told investigators that he had been asked to join a gang in the area recently, but the 23-year-old had refused.

And while it was not certain that this was the motive, with recent spikes in gang activity due to the reigniting of the war between Rasta City Gang and Muslim Gang, this information is being treated as a possible reason for Phillip’s killing.
 

 

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