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Trinidad attorney shot dead in car

Attorney Dr Wesley Debideen was shot dead in his Nissan Almera car at Grand Bazaar

Attorney Dr Wesley Debideen was shot dead in his Nissan Almera car at Grand Bazaar

A prominent attorney in Trinidad & Tobago was fatally shot by a gunman as he sat in his parked car outside of a crowded shopping mall.

The shooting, which occurred at about 3.45 pm, sent shoppers and employees at stores scampering, as the gunman cooly got into his car and drove out of the compound.

Dr Wesley Debideen was eating ice cream as he drove through Grand Bazaar in Valsayn when a car pulled suddenly in front of his, forcing him to stop, and a gunman got out and fired seven shots killing the prominent attorney.

Debideen’s murder also shocked the legal fraternity and his clients, which include former Hindu Credit Union (HCU) president Harry Harnarine, who had spoken to the lawyer hours before his death about pending legal matters. Debideen was part of a legal team, led by Farid Scoon, who represented Harnarine at the Clico/HCU Inquiry.

After firing the last of seven shots, the shooter walked back to the Mazda, which had darkly-tinted windows, and calmly drove off.

Police have not released a motive into Tuesday’s killing of Wesley Debideen but they say it was a “clear hit.” Detectives on Wednesday continued their search for the attacker, who was wearing a black cap.

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