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Monday 23 October 2017
Crime and Court

Cocorite man shot in both legs

A 31-year-old Cocorite man was shot in both legs while returning from a wake close to his Waterhole Cocorite home on Tuesday night.

According to a report, Sheldon Jason, 31, an offshore worker was returning home in company with a female relative when he was accosted by a man with a hooded jersey and dark coloured pants.

Jason and the man began struggling and several loud explosions were later heard. Jason felt a burning sensation to both his legs and he screamed out to his female relative to seek assistance.

Officers from the St James Police Station were contacted and Jason was rushed to the St James Infirmary where he was treated and transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Yesterday, he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Investigators told Newsday there is an ongoing gang war between rival gangs in the Cocorite area.

They added that several murders and shootings have taken place as a result of the warring factions.

Jason was not known to be a member of any gang and police believe he was targeted because of his attendance at the wake.

Police said some suspects are expected to be detained shortly for this shooting.

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