A 31-year-old man, a construction worker, was gunned down on Monday night, just mere seconds after leaving the presence of his eight-year-old niece and another female relative.

The deceased was identified as Roger ‘Mouth’ Cox, of Cumuto Main Road, Cumuto.

According to a police report, at about 7:15 pm on Monday December 27th, Cox was in the company of a female relative and her eight-year-old daughter at John Singh shop purchasing items, when he told his sister that he was going to visit a friend who lived approximately 150 feet away from the shop and left.

Cox’s relative told police that a few seconds after Cox left them, she heard what sounded like fireworks.  When she looked in the direction from which the sound came, she saw a man wearing a facemask run across the road in the vicinity of an open lot between two churches.

She described the man as being of African descent, about five feet six inches tall, medium built, and fair skin in complexion.  He was dressed in a white tee-shirt and a pair of dark coloured three-quarter pants. The man reportedly was holding a silver gun in his right hand while running away.

The woman said she then walked into the direction that Cox had gone and saw his slippers on the road. She walked a bit further and found him on a white Hilux. He was unresponsive.

The driver of the Hilux assisted Cox and took him to the Arima Health Facility for medical treatment. However, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police are yet to determine the motive for Cox’s murder.