The New Year started off with a bang! Five murders on the first day of the year. A bloody start! 2017 ended with 494 murders.
The dead persons are Brandon Khan, aka “Chinee”, of Enterprise, Chaguanas; retired police officer John Ramkissoon, 59, of Gopaul Trace, Longdenville; Miguel Simmons, 20, Nikkita Bascombe, 29, of Upper Mendez Drive, Champs Fleurs, and Mark Bascombe, of Ward, Lane, Gonzales.
Fireworks were still fresh in the air when the first murder took place.
Khan was liming with friends at Goodwill Street, Enterprise, when gunmen opened fire on the group.
Khan and five others were shot. Khan died while undergoing treatment at the Chaguanas Health Facility. Police said he was shot six times.
According to reports, the gunmen came shoot up the group and “Chinee” attempted to run home but collapsed.
In the second incident, police officer, John Ramkissoon, 59, was found dead in the garage area of his home at Gopaul Trace, Longdenville.
He was chopped to death around 3.30 am after an argument with a neighbour. He was repeatedly chopped to the face and his skull was fractured.
A suspect was detained.
Ramkissoon’s daughter, Shelly Anne, 35, said her father was visiting neighbours wishing them a Happy New Year. “We really don’t know what happened but there was an argument and when my mother and brother came out daddy was already on the ground. He spent the night going around and just drinking and liming.”
She said her father worked in the Police Service’s for 30 years and retired from the Guard and Emergency Branch. “My father was a good person to everyone and he was just enjoying his retirement.”
In the third incident, Miguel Simmons, 20, was shot dead at Seventh Avenue, Malick, Barataria, around 7 am.
The fourth killing occurred at Upper Mendez Drive, Champs Fleurs.
Nikkita Bascombe was driving a grey B-13 when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle.
Bascombe crashed into a concrete embankment. Police said the injured man got out of the car and attempted to run but was chased and shot dead.
In the fifth incident, Mark Knolly Bascombe of Ward Lane, Gonzales, was shot dead in Bagatelle, Diego Martin at about 4.45 pm. He was at a family lime when he was shot by a man in a black X-Trail which was driving by. He was taken by police to the St James Medical Facility but died about 30 minutes later.
Autopsies will be performed on Tuesday at the Forensic Sciences Center, Federation Park.
THE BODY OF NIKKITA BASCOMBE