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Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

Homicide officers are investigating several murders that occurred on Tuesday night, including the murder of a casino owner and a doubles vendor in separate incidents.

Doubles vendor Kareem Jervis, who worked at the famous Sauce doubles, was shot while conducting sales at a stall just off Curepe Junction around 7pm Tuesday.

In similar nature, last year August 11, gunmen had shot and killed Jervis’ mentor doubles vendor Shazard Manick, who also worked at Sauce doubles. Police described Jervis’ murder as a hit but is yet to determine a motive for the killing.

Meanwhile, president of the Route 3 Maxi Taxi Association (Green band) Julien St George is calling on a meeting with the T&T Police Service.

He said his association intends to take security into their own hands by installing surveillance cameras in the area.

“This is the second time a doubles vendor is killed and the maxi taxi stand and taxi stand are right there and we have a constant flow of people round-the-clock. Maybe by installing cameras it will serve as a deterrent. We also want to see an increased police presence and regular patrols night and day by the police,” St George said.

“Just like last time when gunmen came people were scampering out of maxis and taxis and it is just horrible so we need to work on a deterrent which is the cameras as an immediate resolution. Meanwhile, we will request a meeting with the police and wait on them for it to happen,” he added.

In Diego Martin, casino owner Lucius John, 35, was shot by bandits who entered his establishment – LA’s Amusement Club around 7.15 pm.

John who was sitting facing a door saw the bandits approaching and was able to ward two of his family members before he was shot.

After John was shot, police said, the bandits ran away.

Guardian Media understands that John had only opened up his casino two weeks ago and had plans in developing it bigger.

In the night’s third murder, at 7.30 pm Mickel Diaz, 35, was shot and killed in front of his home in Tunapuna. Relatives told police that shortly before the killing they heard Diaz exchanging words with someone while in the yard.

They said they heard a series of gunshots and when they checked they saw Diaz lying on the ground bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. Diaz died on the scene, police said.

There was also a shooting incident in Arima around 8.30 am when a man from Maturita Extension, who was liming near a shop at Hilltop Drive, Maturita Extension, Arima, was approached by two armed men. Police said the victim was shot 14 times about his body but survived.

The victim was taken to the Arima District Hospital where he was treated and warded in a stable condition.

Investigations are also continuing into that shooting.