St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN PULSE): The trend of criminal activity continues to plague the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. An early morning robbery at MoneyGram at the Shoreline Plaza Friday was just an icebreaker for what would unfold for Friday 20th May 2016. Later that afternoon, another robbery at Gilards Petrol Station which is in close proximity to the JNF Hospital, (Village) was robbed. This was then followed by a mass shooting in Saddlers later that evening around 8:00 pm. Five men were shot at, two dead and three injured, (two with gunshot wounds and one with a broken hand) on Friday night while hanging out at a popular liming spot, near a shop in Saddlers.
While no serious injuries were reported from the robberies, persons were left terrified and shocked. On the other hand, two individuals were pronounced dead after the shooting in Saddlers and three injured. This takes the murder count to fourteen, (14) and three for the week of the 15th to 21st, the first of the week being Antonio Richardson, Wednesday 18th May.
The deceased are Willis Phillip a 22 year old male of Saddlers and Uriel Michael a 23 year old male of Saddlers.
The common trend in the criminal activities that unfolded were the use of firearms. Gun related incidents continue to be a major dilemma been faced by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the Government of St.Kitts and Nevis.
According to a press release from the Public Relations Unit of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, initial investigations revealed that the victims were shot by an unknown assailant(s) who fired multiple gunshots at the group. The victims were taken to the Mary Charles Hospital and the Joseph N. France General Hospital.
Further, investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Department and technicians from the Forensics Services Unit have canvassed the scene for evidence. Investigations are likely to continue throughout the weekend as the police would seek to make a break in either of the cases.