Five men were murdered during the period Thursday night and yesterday morning in Sangre Grande, Arima and St Ann’s.

Three of them were gunned down along the Toco Main Road, Sangre Grande at 9.30 Thursday night, marking the first triple murder for the year.

According to police, the bodies of two of the men were found seated in the driver’s seat and front seat of a vehicle.

The third victim was found dead lying on the ground outside of the vehicle.

The victims were identified as Jhermac Quashie, 25, Terrance Nixon, 29, and Skeete Sanchez, 28.

Police said all three men were shot multiple times about their bodies. There were several bullet holes in the front windscreen and side windows leading police to believe that the men were ambushed by gunmen with high-powered weapons.

Investigations are continuing as there is no motive yet for the killings.

In another unrelated incident, a man identified as Jesse Hernandez, 34, of John Street, Mt Zion Road in Arima was shot also on Thursday night.

Police said at about 9 pm Hernandez was in his back yard when a white wagon stopped in front of his house.

Two gunmen exited the vehicle and ran into the yard straight to the back yard where Hernandez was standing and opened fire on him. The men then returned to the wagon and drove off.

Hernandez was taken to the Arima Hospital where he was medically attended to but later died.

The third killing involved a 60-year-old man who was stabbed to death during a fight in St Ann’s early yesterday morning.

That victim was identified as David Joseph.

Police said at about 3.45 am Joseph was at St Ann’s Road near Sydenham Avenue when he got into a fight with a man who was seen wearing a black and white hoodie.

During the fight, Joseph was stabbed several times. The attacker fled the scene.

Joseph attempted to run but collapses on the ground near a fruit stall where he died.

Residents subsequently called in the police.