Instructor, student shot …”GANG SHOOTOUT”

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Imagine going about your normal routine and a bullet ends up in your head.

A dri­ving in­struc­tor and his stu­dent are cur­rent­ly fight­ing for their lives at hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing shot by stray bul­lets from rival gangs in Co­corite on Wednesday morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, around 9 am,  Steven Gon­za­les, 17, of Pe­tit Val­ley, and his in­struc­tor, Naresh Har­ri­lal, 50, of Cunu­pia, were dri­ving in Har­ri­lal’s Nis­san Almera along the west­bound lane of West­ern Main Road when they were shot near to the Co­corite walkover.

The car veered left and crashed in­to the car park of an aban­doned busi­ness place at the side of the road.

Res­i­dents rushed to their as­sis­tance and con­tact­ed the po­lice. Both men, who were shot in their heads, were tak­en to the St James Med­ical Com­plex and were later trans­ferred to the Port-of-Spain Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal, where they re­main ward­ed.

Po­lice be­lieve that the men were hit by stray bul­lets as there was a re­port of a shoot­ing at La­dy Ho­choy Cir­cu­lar Road, next to the en­trance to the Com­mu­ni­ty Hos­pi­tal of Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tists, around the same time.

No one was re­port­ed­ly in­jured in that in­ci­dent as the in­tend­ed tar­get is be­lieved to have es­caped his at­tack­er.

Po­lice be­lieve that the stray bul­lets may have crossed the east­bound lane of the West­ern Main Road be­fore strik­ing Gon­za­les, who was in the dri­ver’s seat. They be­lieve that one of the bul­lets make have ric­o­cheted off Gon­za­les and struck Har­ri­lal in the eye.

The por­tion of La­dy Ho­choy Cir­cu­lar Road, where the re­port­ed shoot­ing took place, was al­so cor­doned off by po­lice, who were search­ing the area for spent shells.

Police took statements from residents and a search is on for several men. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.
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Naresh Har­ri­lal’s car at the side of a building


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