GUNMEN opened fire near midnight on a vehicle carrying three men and two teenagers at Valencia on Saturday.

One man is dead, another in critical condition, and a teenage girl and another man nursing gunshot wounds.

Police identified the deceased as Anton "Darko" Blake, 41, of Palm Road, Valencia.

Emmanuel Adams was shot at least six times and is fighting for his life at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

Suresh Ramsingh, 29, an excavator operator of Peter Circular Road, Wallerfield, was shot to the right knee.

And a 17 year old girl, of Eastern Main Road, Valencia, was shot to the hand.

A police report said that the Adams was driving a white Honda Accord in which the victims and a 15 year old were occupants.

They were proceeding along Toco Road when gunfire erupted.

Ramsingh and the 15 year old boy exited the vehicle and ran off into the bushes.

They made their way to Pine Road, Toco Road, and contacted police.

Ramsingh and the boy were taken to the Sangre Grande Hospital.

PCs Samuel and West who were on patrol with officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, as well as officers of EDTF PCs Seenath, Travejo, Henry, and Jennings proceeded to Tracter Road.

The officers found the car, and a few feet away on the roadway was the body of Blake.

Adams was at the driver's seat suffering from several gunshot wounds.

The 17 year old girl was not seen at the time.

Police said she hid in the bushes, and emerged around 5.15 a.m. suffering from a gunshot wound to the right hand.

She was taken to the Sangre Grande Hospital where she remains stable.

ASP Seecharan, Insp Ramdeen, WPC Rique, PC Benoit of Valencia CID, CSI officers PCs Portell-Jones and Alexander, and officers of Homicide Region II Sgt Job, WPC Salina, PC Ignacio also responded.

Sgt Job is continuing investigations.


A MEMBER of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service is one of the latest people to have contracted the Covid-19 virus.

With the positive result, acting Prisons Commissioner Dennis Pulchan yesterday ordered the evacuation and closure of the Prisons Administration Building in Port of Spain.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 count continues to rise, as four additional cases were confirmed yesterday.

This takes the number of confirmed cases to 173.

The Ministry of Health gave the information in its morning update. None of the new cases has been classified as imported or a contact of a recently confirmed case.

With just one week to the August 10 general election, the People’s National Movement (PNM) is ahead in the race by five per cent, according to the latest pre-election poll ­conducted by Solution by Simulation (SBS), led by pollster Nigel Henry.

Roodal Moonilal has received the endorsement of former Tabaquite MP Dr Suruj Rambachan as the next leader of the UNC and prime minister.

Speaking at a virtual meeting in Oropouche East on Friday night, Rambachan said he had been a colleague of Moonilal for some time and the ten years he spent with him in Parliament, he learned a lot from him, not only in terms of the management of parliamentary affairs but also in terms of his capacity for building a political institution and for the team he created, especially when he was leader of Government Business in the Parliament.