“It was only through the grace of God that no one was killed.”
These were the words of Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday while speaking to the Express following a report that someone had shot at the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs at the Government Campus Plaza in Port of Spain.
The incident reportedly took place around 8.40 a.m.
Police said people along Richmond Street heard a series of gunshots, estimated to be about five.
One of the shots entered a window on the western side of the building on the third floor — an area Al-Rawi frequents.
It proceeded to hit a cubicle nearby and lodged itself in.
At the time no one was seated at that cubicle.
“It was only through the grace of God that no one was killed or injured. And I am thankful for that,” Al-Rawi told the Express.
He noted that following the incident, workers removed themselves from the nearby windows, and out of potential harm.
The police were notified and officers of the Port of Spain Division, supervised by Snr Sup Moore and Sup Brandon John, responded.
Al-Rawi praised workers in his building who continued to operate in the building.
“I thank them for their patience and their bravado, despite the scenario which took place,” Al-Rawi said.
However, the incident had left him concerned for those who operated in the building, as well as his own safety.
He said he would not let that affect him in the execution of his work.
“I have been in politics for over ten years now. This is not the first time that a situation like this has happened. And while I hope it may be the last, I do not expect it to be.
“It was made public that the lives of the Prime Minister (Dr Keith Rowley), myself, and even the Commissioner of Police (Gary Griffith) have been threatened, among others. It seems to me that once work is being done, there will be those opposed to it. And sadly, things like this will happen,” Al-Rawi added.