Brother, sister shot by same bullet during home invasion

A La Ro­maine fam­i­ly was left shak­en yes­ter­day af­ter a gun­man broke in­to their home, shoot­ing sib­lings Ani­cia and Amiel Brooks in a failed bur­glary.

Re­ports stat­ed that Ani­cia, 28, a fash­ion de­sign­er and Amiel, 27, were re­cov­er­ing at their La Ro­maine home af­ter be­ing treat­ed for gun­shot wounds on their shoul­ders at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said the fam­i­ly was asleep around 3.15 am when the gun­man broke in­to their house. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved that when Amiel walked in­to the hall­way, the bur­glar was star­tled and fired a shot. Ani­cia, who walked out be­hind her broth­er, was al­so shot. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the bul­let pierced through Amiel’s shoul­der and struck Ani­cia.

A team of South­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force and La Ro­maine po­lice of­fi­cers re­spond­ed and took the sib­lings to the hos­pi­tal. A search was car­ried out in the area but no one was held up to late yes­ter­day.

Their fa­ther, Sel­wyn, told the T&T Guardian that the fam­i­ly was left trau­ma­tised as they nev­er thought crime would have reached to their home in the qui­et side of La Ro­maine.

How­ev­er, the com­mu­ni­ty is bor­dered by Pond Street, which po­lice have iden­ti­fied as a hotspot with sev­er­al drug blocks.

Sel­wyn, an ex-sol­dier, said that should crim­i­nals re­turn to his house, he will be pre­pared.

He was thank­ful that the in­juries suf­fered by his chil­dren were not life-threat­en­ing and that no one else was in­jured, es­pe­cial­ly as his oth­er daugh­ter Ani­ka had re­turned home with her six-month-old ba­by.

Thank­ful­ly it was the ba­by that had Ani­ka awake while the bur­glar was knock­ing a hole in a door and was able to alert her par­ents.

“She heard a noise. Bang! Bang! Like some­one was try­ing to come in­to the house and so she told my wife. My wife woke me up and told me that some­one was try­ing to break in­to the house. I jumped up and came down­stairs and saw that he broke out part of the door. That par­tic­u­lar door has the dead­bolt to turn on the in­side.

“When I watched, he had the gun and he was peep­ing through the door to see if any­body was com­ing. I ran up­stairs and alert­ed every­body.

‘Lock all the doors and call the po­lice’,” Sel­wyn said.

How­ev­er, Ani­cia and Amiel, who were stay­ing in the same room, did not hear his in­struc­tions and as the bur­glar walked up­stairs and ap­proached Sel­wyn’s room, they walked in­to the hall­way. The bur­glar turned around and fire a shot.

Sel­wyn said he had al­ready con­tact­ed the po­lice and was think­ing every­thing was OK, es­pe­cial­ly as he did not hear the gun­shot. It was when his wife called Ani­ka by phone to find out if they were OK, that they learned of the shoot­ing. Sel­wyn said he ran through the door but the bur­glar had al­ready run out, with­out tak­ing any­thing.

Amiel had run in­to the bath­room and locked the door. It was be­lieved that the bur­glar got in­to a ve­hi­cle and drove off to­wards Pond Street.

Sel­wyn said he be­lieves that the bur­glar came for one of the ve­hi­cles that was parked in the yard. He said it was just last Sat­ur­day that the fam­i­ly was dis­cussing the in­stal­ment of CCTV cam­eras around the house. He said it was pos­si­ble that the bur­glar could have been mon­i­tor­ing his fam­i­ly be­fore mak­ing his move last night.

“The crime sit­u­a­tion is just get­ting worse. Those fel­las are get­ting braver and they don’t care be­cause they have a pow­er, which is the gun. He had to be re­al­ly brave be­cause I alert­ed every­one and he still came in­to my house. He didn’t see me and he didn’t know if I had some­thing too.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

- by Kevon Felmine

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