PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CANA: A CORPORAL in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force apparently "went berserk" at the residence of the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister yesterday morning, shooting dead a Coast Guard commander and then committing suicide, ministerial sources reported.
The corporal, identified as Anthony Caesar, was said to have shot dead Commander Noel Penco and shot and injured Heather Wiltshire, assistant to the Prime Minister's secretary, before turning his service pistol on himself. Wiltshire has been hospitalised.
A brief statement from the office of Prime Minister Basdeo Panday gave no motive for the shootings.
The statement said both Caesar and Penco were attached to the Prime Minister's residence. Caesar was a guard while Commander Penco had the title of Comptroller of the Household.
The official statement said: "Prime Minister Panday, who is in Costa Rica on an official visit has been informed of the tragedy, and has expressed his utter shock and his deep concern for the relatives of the people killed in the incident, and for Ms. Wiltshire, assistant to the Prime Minister's secretary at the residence.
"The Prime Minister, who is being accompanied by Mrs. Panday on his four-day official visit to Costa Rica, has decided to cut short his visit and will return to Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow."