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A 38-year-old man from Maracas St Joseph was shot multiple times by gunmen while at his home on Wednesday night.

The getaway vehicle used by the gunmen was later found abandoned in the area not too long after the shooting by police.

The victim has been identified as Kerry Matamoro of La Rue Pomme, Maracas St Joseph.

According to a police report, around 7:42 pm, neighbours heard several loud explosions and upon checking saw Matamoro lying in his yard at the back of his home nursing several gunshot wounds about his body.

The police were called in and upon arrival saw neighbours putting Matamoro in a car to be taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex for medical treatment. He was however pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

A party of officers who also responded to the shooting received information that the suspects escaped in a white Nissan Ad van.

Officers from the Northern Division Task Force 07 and Northern Division Emergency Response Patrol 50 and St Joseph

Mobile 01 also responded and the vehicle was found abandoned and still idling along Santa Barbara Road, Maracas St Joseph at about 8:25 pm.

In another unrelated homicide in St Joseph, Devanand Ramrattan, 36, of Valsayn Trace St Joseph and another man, 35, of Upper Mendez Drive Champ Fleurs were standing in the yard outside Ramrattan’s friend’s home, when they were approached by a lone gunman, wearing a mask, who opened fire.

Ramrattan collapsed outside a door on the northern side of the house where he died. His friend was shot in the leg and later taken for medical treatment.

The gunman escaped.

Police are yet to determine motives in the two killings.