Three shot at Getwell, hours after 3 found dead

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 12:15

Three people were shot and wounded on Tuesday morning, ironically, in the same area where three people were found hacked to death on Monday morning in Arima.

The shooting occurred ten minutes after a man was arrested on a domestic violence report. It is alleged he physically assaulted a relative.

The victims have been identified as 43-year-old David Richardson alias “Scratchie”, of LP300 Getwell Avenue Extension; 22-year-old Jerlene Richardson, also of LP300 Getwell Avenue Extension; and 40-year-old Kelly Andrews, of River Street, Sangre Grande.

According to a police report, at about 1.30 am, the victims were in the company of several other persons seated in the gallery of the Richardsons' home at LP300 Getwell Avenue Extension, when two men approached from the western side of the roadway.

The suspects were described as light brown in complexion. The one who held a gun was clad in a black hoodie and had star tattoos on his face. The other suspect sported long hair tied in a single ponytail.

Police said the armed suspect fired six shots at the three victims before running eastwards along Getwell Avenue Extension.

Richardson was shot to the neck, face, right index finger, and both shoulders. Jerlene was shot in the upper right thigh and Andrews was shot on the left ankle. All three currently are warded in hospital and are said to be in stable condition.

Guardian Media was told that shortly before the shooting, there was a report of domestic violence, in which a 31-year-old suspect of the same address was arrested for Assault by Beating, at about 1.20 am.

On Monday, a few metres away from the Richardsons, three members of another family were found murdered.

The three victims, who were found hacked to death were identified as 31-year-old Polly Ann Chuniesingh; her brother, 39-year-old Damian Chuniesingh; and their uncle, Canadian citizen Randy Chuniesingh. Randy, who lived in Canada, was in Trinidad on vacation for the Christmas season.