A 55-year-old man surrendered to the police on Sunday evening, hours after he killed a woman, seriously wounded her daughter, and grazed three men in a dramatic shooting incident at a bar in Manzanilla.
The suspect was taken to the Sangre Grande Police Station around 6.40 by his brother, a former special reserve policeman. He was immediately handed over to the Homicide Bureau. A shotgun believed to have been used in the shootings, has also been handed over to police.
The attack on Saturday night, left Savatri Narine, 44, dead and her daughter, Nirrmalaa, 16, in critical condition at hospital.
The shooting took place at Booby’s Bar, Plum Road, Manzanilla.
Bar owner, Bobby Ramsaran, the brother of the dead woman, and patrons Kurt Browne and Ivan McKenzie, were also injured in the attack, but were all treated and discharged.
According to police reports, ten patrons were liming at the bar around 8.15 pm when Nirrmalaa had a conversation with the suspect who had joined them at the bar and was having a drink. She went outside with the suspect and returned inside the bar, but minutes later the suspect came back inside armed with a shotgun and fired several shots at Nirrmalaa and her mother.
Nirrmalaa, who was standing next to McKenzie at the time, fell to the ground, as did her mother, who was nearby and tried to escape. Other patrons scampered for safety, some hiding under tables.
Bobby added, “He (the suspect) didn’t say anything and he didn’t warn anybody. He just started shooting up the place out of nowhere. I was just about to go into the bar and sell, when he started shooting. When I heard the first shot, I thought it was a scratch bomb, then I saw him and I just ducked for cover. One of the bullets grazed me at the back of my head.”
Bobby said the shooting incident occurred at about 8.30 pm on Saturday. Around that time the suspect walked into the bar, sat at a table and drank a beer. At the time, Savitri was standing at the entrance of the bar, where she would usually sell preservatives and snacks, and she was being assisted by Nirrmalaa.
The man, after finishing his beer, got up and walked toward his car.
Then he opened his trunk, took out a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with about five shotgun shells, turned in the direction of the bar, and started shooting indiscriminately.
Savitri was the first to be shot. She was hit in the face and upper body with the shotgun blast. Nirrmalaa was then hit in the right shoulder. The man fired off several more rounds, before getting back into his car and fleeing the area.
McKenzie added, “I am lucky to be alive to tell the story. I saw the man came in, bought a Stag, drank it and walked out of the bar. Nirrmalaa went out of bar and was talking with a male neighbour. She returned inside the bar. The man, who is known to her and is a relative, called her, telling her to bring the keys for his car, which he left on the table in the bar. She carried the keys for the relative and came back and stand next to me with her elbows leaning on my shoulder.
“I heard an explosion and saw Nirrmalaa going down on her knees, I heard second explosion and heard Savitri said ‘Oh God.’”
He said after firing several more shots the man ran outside, got into his car and drove off.
Two nurses attached to Sangre Grande Hospital, who live nearby, arrived within moments of the attack and performed CPR for over one hour on both victims before an ambulance could arrive. The victims were then taken to Sangre Grande Hospital, but Savitri was pronounced dead on arrival.
The suspect was a PH taxi driver and also did odd jobs in the Manzanilla community. Police believed the shooting stemmed from a love triangle that went sour.
The murder of Narine took the murder toll to 468 for the year. Narine was the 47th woman killed this year.
BOBBY’S BAR IN MANZANILLA