PORT OF SPAIN – A soldier was detained at the Sangre Grande Police Station last night, after he allegedly shot two people, including a two-year-old girl who subsequently died at hospital.
The girl’s uncle was also wounded during the shooting, which occurred at Paul Street, Sangre Grande.
Details were sketchy, but preliminary reports reveal the soldier went to visit his daughter at Paul Street but was prevented from doing so by the child’s uncle.
The angry soldier, who was in full uniform, was going into the house when the argument started. During the heated exchange, the soldier reportedly pulled out his gun and shot at the uncle, injuring him. However, one of the bullets reportedly hit the toddler, who was in the arms of another relative who ran for cover when the shooting started. The child and her uncle were taken to the Sangre Grande Hospital, where she died during emergency surgery.
The soldier then jumped into his vehicle and fled the scene while relatives of the child called the police.
An all-points bulletin was sent out and a road block was set up by Valencia police. Officers later apprehended the soldier and he was handed over to CID officers at Sangre Grande station, where he was interrogated by officers.
Police reported that the soldier had a domestic matter at the Sangre Grande Magistrate’s Court.