Port of Spain mayor Joel Martinez

PORT of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez has described yesterday’s shooting in Port of Spain, which left two dead and one injured, as a “total breakdown in our society”.

It was the second fatal shooting in the capital city in 16 days.

“It seems that there is an intent by someone to disrupt and to destabilise the good-natured person in the city and we must not allow it to happen as we have to ensure that our citizens are protected and that all measures must be in place to deal with this,” he said.

“They (criminals) feel it is a corral and do what they want, when they want and however they feel,” said the outraged mayor. This is showing a total breakdown in our society and how we have allowed our citizens to deteriorate to such a level where crime has affected our city in such a manner,” he said.

Martinez added: “I know that the Police Service is working very hard to bring back the morale of the officers and to uplift the Police Service. The Commissioner of Police has done a tremendous job so far because a lot of young officers are showing pride and senior officers recognise such as they are working very hard to bring stability to the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago, but it must be disheartening to see such brazen outrage of crime affecting our well-being and our city. —GG