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Santa Cruz welder charged with murder

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A Santa Cruz man was expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today charged with the murder of Jason Thomas in Santa Cruz last September.

Ted Feliz, 34, a welder, of Pipiol Road, Santa Cruz, was also charged with wounding one of Thomas’ friends and the unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

Thomas, 29, of La Canoa, Lower Santa Cruz and three friends were liming close to their homes at Kingston Avenue, on September 29, when they were approached by four masked men, armed with guns.

The assailants opened fire on the group, forcing the friends to scamper to safety.

One of the gunmen chased after Thomas, who ran into a bathroom at the back of his house, where he was shot several times.

Thomas died on the scene.

One of his friends, a 27-year-old man, also of Kingston Avenue, Lower Santa Cruz, was shot in the back of the neck and was taken to the Eric Williams’ Medical Sciences Complex for treatment.

The two other victims, who were also wounded in the incident - a 27-year-old and 56-

year-old, also of Lower Santa Cruz - were taken to hospital for treatment and discharged.

Investigations were led by acting ASP Windell Flaviney, Insp Andrew Lawrence, of Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 2, while Felix, was charged by PC Andre Lewis, on Tuesday.

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