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Acting CoP sounds warning as gang warfare escalate

“I’m going to use all resources available to me within my powers that are lawful to respond proportionately to keep this community safe.”

Tough words from Acting Commissioner of Police Anthony Ennis in the face of rising gang-on-gang violence after police report an upsurge of criminal activity in West Bay.

The acting Commissioner says he nor his troops will tolerate any criminal activity. Mr Ennis made the comments following a spate of violence on Tuesday culminating with a patron of Super C’s restaurant in West Bay being warded at hospital after a shooting.

Police were out there Wednesday morning looking for clues and gathering evidence.
The shooting was the third gang-related incident of the day and the acting commissioner takes aim at politicians who failed to act on their words to break the gang culture.

“They need to stand up and be counted because I have heard all this talk, talk, talk that there will be these gang interventions and I have seen nothing. And it cannot rest at the feet of the police alone,” Mr Ennis says.

The RCIPS, in its report, says on Tuesday night two masked men emerged from the bushes across the street and opened fire indiscriminately at patrons on the premises.
The men then ran through the restaurant car park and made off on foot along the side of an adjoining property.
One patron, a man, received a gunshot wound to the lower part of his body and was taken to the hospital by private car.
His injuries are not considered life threatening.
A bullet grazed the arm of a woman, who was treated for minor injuries; information was also received that a bullet had grazed another man, but he did not attend the hospital or report it to the police.

It’s important to point out, Super C’s Restaurant has been the site of several violent incidents, including the murder of victor Oliver Yates, age 22, last January.
Police say the restaurant has been the subject of numerous other illegal and anti-social activities, as well as complaints from citizens.
Police report they have conducted numerous operations at the location and Mr Ennis says citizens should not cower in fear, but exercise caution in their daily activities.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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