Port of Spain mayor Joel Martinez said he is co-ordinating a response and getting resources for those who may be affected by the protests in and around the city on Tuesday morning. .
Martinez said he could not confirm reports of looting. Police told some city-centre stores to close. A shot was fired at the Ministry of National Security on Abercromby Street.
President of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association Gregory Aboud could not be reached for comment.
Newsday will continue to update this story as it progresses.