The drive by shooting and killing of Joey Elcock has brought the murder rate for Trinidad and Tobago as the year ends to 324, reports say. The drive by shooting also injured Keisha Pierre, who was listed as recovering according to medical practitioners.
The shooting according the Trinidad Express Newspaper took place at about 1.15 p.m. “Elcock and Pierre were standing outside their home when a car drove by and the occupants opened fire before speeding off.” Crime in the tiny island nation of less than 1. 4 million people is a constant fixture that needs attention by President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, residents have said. Often reports say leaders in the country have not aggressively pursue crime.
Detectives are said to be investigating the murder which took place at Sawmill Avenue, yesterday afternoon, which was also the home of the victims.
When the law enforcement personnel of the North Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) and Barataria Police Station got to the scene, the victims were immediately taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope. Joey Elcock was pronounced dead by doctors at the hospital.
Elcock the newspaper said “was hit several times about the upper body, while Pierre was shot in the right leg.”