Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has made yet another appeal for the justice system to ensure that gun-toting assassins stay behind bars.
Commissioner Griffith says they’ve succeeded in reducing every other serious crime, while homicides remain a sticking point.
The top cop says the courts continue to make it tougher for him and his team of police officers to keep the streets safe for ordinary citizens, by releasing known shooters and gunmen back into society, far too quickly.
A 36-year-old man from Morvant was shot and wounded by masked gunmen while in Laventille on Sunday night.
According to a police report, at about 9 pm, the victim was approached by the two gunmen while sitting on a culvert on the roadway, opposite a mini mart at Pashley Street, Laventille.
The victim attempted to run away but the men opened fire on him. The gunmen then escaped.
The victim was shot in the back. He was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was treated and warded in a stable condition.
Investigations are continuing into two separate wounding incidents, including one in which a 15-year-old is a main suspect.
According to a police report, at about 3.30 pm on Friday, a man from Toco Main Road, Balandra, went fishing with his 15-year-old male relative. Police said while fishing, an argument broke out between the two, during which the teen took out a gun and shot his adult male relative twice.
A struggle then ensued and teen allegedly fell overboard. He managed to swim back to the pirogue but without the firearm.
Patrolling police officers in the Carapo area on Monday morning escaped injuries, possibly death when they were ambushed by gunmen.
According to a police report, at about 4 am the officers were on patrol along Race Course Road, Santa Rosa, when they intercepted a white Nissan Wagon in the vicinity of the Santa Rosa Race Course Car Park.
The officers alighted from the police vehicle and while approaching the wagon, one of the windows was rolled down and someone in the vehicle opened fire on the officers.
Gunmen climbed onto rooftops of the Plannings at Upper and Lower Nelson Street and were firing off "warning/message" gunshots at each other on Wednesday morning, when five stray bullets ended up penetrating a classroom at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School.
One of the bullets ricocheted and grazed a female teacher on the hand, while another bullet went just over the head of a pupil while he was sitting his end of term examination. The bullet missed his head by mere centimetres.
Gunmen fired "wild" shots in East Port of Spain on Wednesday morning, causing havoc at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School, where one teacher was grazed by one of the bullets.
The incident occurred at about 10.45 am.
A pupil escaped injury as one of the bullets went over his head, missing him by mere centimetres.
This was confirmed to Guardian Media by a teacher who wished not to be identified. The teacher said the incident has left them terrified and shaken.
Homicide detectives are investigating two unrelated murders that took place in North Trinidad on Sunday night, within the space of two hours.
In the later incident, shortly after 9 pm, Derrick Valentine, 33, of Covigne Road, Diego Martin, was at his home with his family when two gunmen men stormed into the house.
The men then opened fire, shooting Valentine multiple times about the body before escaping.
Valentine was taken to the St James infirmary where he died while undergoing emergency treatment.
Officers of the Port-of-Spain Task Force had to be rescued by their colleagues on Wednesday night after coming under heavy gunfire at Picton Road in Laventille.
A video which recorded the sound of the shooting at Dan Kelly, Laventille is was shared on social media and forms part of the police investigation into the incident.
Senior officers said officers of the Port-of-Spain Task Force was on patrol and were “pinned down under heavy gunfire.”
Officers called for assistance and officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force responded.