RELATIVES of 67-year-old Rupert Derrick, who was killed in a drive-by shooting at George Street, Port of Spain on Monday night, expressed doubt yesterday that police will find his killers. But Port of Spain Division Supt Floris-Hodge Griffith said police are doing everything to bring the killers to justice.
At around 8pm on Monday, people in a black Nissan X-Trail drove up George Street firing shots. Derrick, of Picton Road, Laventille, was shot along with Terrence “Corn Curls” Gardener, Teneil Rennie of Nelson Street PoS, and Henry Fraser from Quarry Street, Laventille.
Derrick was shot once in the chest, and Gardner once in the right leg. Rennie was shot three times in the right thigh and once in the left, and Fraser was shot in the left hand. They were taken to the PoS hospital, but when Derrick arrived at about 8.15 pm he was already dead. The other shooting victims were attended to and are said to be in stable condition.
Yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, relatives said they did not believe police would be able to solve the crime because CCTV cameras were being tampered with, and footage of the shooting may not be available. They said Derrick was going to play a mark at a Play Whe booth and would usually lime with friends on the road for a little while after.
He was described as a humble and easy-going person.
“He never worried about anything. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Derrick had seven children.
Hodge-Griffith told Newsday yesterday, the CCTV footage from a camera at George Street captured the vehicle which the gunmen used.