Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Update: Children among five injured in gun attack near Belmont school

Five people, including three children, are reportedly nursing injuries after an attack in Belmont.

According to initial reports, around 2:40 pm on Wednesday, James Gordon, 38, was driving a white Toyota Hilux west along Belmont Circular Road with an 18-year-old girl, and three children aged 15, 12 and 6 years in the vehicle with him. 

A white SUV, believed to be a Hyundai Tucson pulled alongside the truck and a passenger in the backseat of the SUV reportedly opened fire on the Hilux, with the children inside. 

Gordon fled the vehicle and up the hillside in an effort to escape the attackers, who continued driving and shooting in his direction.

The shooting occurred in the vicinity of Providence Girls’ Catholic School and Belmont Government Primary School and teachers and children were in the area while the incident unfolded and had to run for cover. 

The three children in the vehicle sustained minor injuries from broken glass, while the 18-year-old girl suffered a more serious injury to her leg in the melee.

Gordon, along with the 18-year-old and the children were all transported to the Port of Spain General Hospital for treatment.

The 15-year-old and 6-year-old involved in the attack are said to be the children of a man who is 'well known' to police and currently facing firearm-related charges. 

More on this as it becomes available.

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