RELATIVES of one of the two men killed after being shot in east Port of Spain on Wednesday denied that they were intended targets but were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Killed were Aaron “Max” Broomes, 28, who was shot once in the head, and Kayode “Toes” Donawa, who was shot multiple times to his chest.
Eighteen-year-old Shakira Mona, who was standing near the men at the time of the shooting was shot in her leg and arm. She survived but is in a serious condition.
Broomes’s relatives spoke to the Express at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday but Donawa’s relatives declined to be interviewed.
According to Broomes’s relatives who asked not to be named, he was a father of a boy, ten, and a girl, aged seven.
“Those two men were in the wrong place at the wrong time because one has to be on their Ps and Qs when living in those areas (east Port of Spain),” said a relative.
Asked what he did for a living, the woman said “he did construction and painting and was a general handyman. He used to work PH but he had to stop driving because of the gang warfare”.
Relatives said he was not involved in any gang conflict but rather he lived and worked to provide for his two children.
Police said the incident unfolded around 2.25 p.m. along Queen Street, in the vicinity of Nelson Street, when a white Nissan Tiida pulled to a stop and two men armed with firearms exited the car.
The men walked to a northern area off the roadway, where they opened fire on a group of people.
They then returned to the Tiida and drove away.
Around 2.45, a patrol spotted the car along the Eastern Main Road near the demolished building that once housed the Citrus Growers Association.
Officers ordered the men to stop but one of them leaned out the car and opened fire on the marked police SUV, police said.
Officers fired back, hitting the car multiple times.
The men eventually stopped and while firing at the police they ran out of the car and into the hills of Laventille.
Police said that they may have injured one of the gunmen.
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