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Castries resident shot in case of “mistaken identity” — relatives

By MERRICK ANDREWS, St. Lucia News Online reporter/editor

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Dwight “Smokey” Louis

A 34-year-old city resident who was shot and robbed last Easter Monday in Marchand, Castries has died, relatives have confirmed.

Dwight “Smokey” Louis, a resident of Independence City, in the area of Entrepot, passed away at 7:29 a.m. today (Sunday, May 12) in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Victoria Hospital, relatives have told St. Lucia News Online.

THE INCIDENT

On Sunday, his relatives gave St. Lucia News Online an account of what transpired on that public holiday, Monday, April 22.

According to them, Louis was walking home when he was attacked by three masked men, who shot him in the abdomen. After Louis fell, the gunmen took his wallet and cell phone then escaped on foot. The attack occurred around 11 p.m. near the Trou Rouge gap and TJ’s supermarket.

Relatives went on to say that Louis got up and ran some distance but collapsed again. Passersby saw him and immediately called emergency lines but got no answer, relatives told St. Lucia News Online.

As a result, passersby called the Marchand Police Station. By the time the cops arrived Louis had lost a lot of blood, but the lawmen wasted no time and transported him to Victoria Hospital.

According to relatives, the shot to his abdomen ruptured his liver and small intestines, resulting in two surgeries. They say he was “not strong enough” to do a third surgery.

BROKEN

Louis’ death has left the family “broken” but they are still “holding on”, St. Lucia News Online was told. However, they are not necessarily seeking answers as they were told by an eyewitness that the incident was an apparent “mistaken identity shooting”.

According to the relatives, the eyewitness, who could not identity the gunmen as they were wearing masks, said after shooting Louis, one of the bandits said “that’s not the fella”. Another insisted that they kill him nonetheless. They subsequently searched a dying Louis and took his wallet and phone.

Relatives said Louis was not known to be involved in illegal activity or associated with gangs. At the time of his death he was working with his stepfather at a clothing store in the city. Persons, writing on Facebook, have expressed shocked at his passing. Some were even unaware he was shot.

Louis’ mother passed away a couple years ago from cancer, relatives said.

No one has been arrested for the shooting, which has now turned into an official homicide statistic.

MARCHAND VIOLENCE

Louis is the second person to have died as a result of the recent upsurge of violence in the Marchand community.

At least six people have been injured in separate shootings:

— April 18, 2019: Chad Ramsey, 33, of Rockhall, Marchand was shot in the head around midday while walking with a male relative. Ramsey fell on the sidewalk, at an intersection, near Broglie Street, and died. The relative escaped unharmed. A video circulating on social media shows Ramsey, face down, bleeding profusely on the concrete sidewalk. After his death, violence broke out in Marchand, however police have not said officially that his killing is linked to other incidents. A person claiming to be Ramsey’s friend had disclosed in a Facebook post that retaliation was inevitable.

— April 18, 2019: Michael Deterville, a resident of Rock Hall, Castries, was shot in Trou Rouge, Marchand — hours after Ramsey’s killing. Details about this shooting were not available.

— April 20, 2019: The Marchand Police Station received a report of a shooting incident at 11 p.m. in the Marchand area. Two persons were shot: Maria Willie, 56, of Trou Rouge, who sustained a gunshot wound in the right knee area and 47-year-old Donovan Williams, of Maynard Hill, Castries, who sustained a gunshot wound to his right heel. The injuries to both victims were not life-threatening. It was alleged that the shooting occurred at a karaoke event in Marchand. A source said gunmen opened fire at a male individual, hitting Williams and Willie. It was not clear if Williams was the target. No further information was available.

— April 21, 2019: Law enforcement confirmed that they received reports of gunshots being fired in areas of Marchand but there were no reports of injuries. “My sister said she ran inside,” one source said. “She said all through the day there was gunshots.”

— April 25, 2019: There was an alleged shootout between police on foot patrol and gunmen in an area in Marchand but there were no reports of injuries. “The place is turning into a war zone and I seriously don’t understand why those guys feel it is okay just to shoot for fun. Where are the guns coming from? These guys just tarnish the Marchand area,” a source familiar with the Marchand area told St. Lucia News Online at the time.

— May 5, 2019: Residents of areas in and around Marchand reported hearing gunshots but there were no reports of injuries or death. Our newsroom received the first report of a shooting at 7:45 p.m., but no additional information was available. However, at 8 p.m. we received another report of a shooting in the Black Mallet area. According to the source, her sister was outside when the gunshots rang out. “She was outside and ran when she heard it. It was quite a few. She heard it was like a drive-by but don’t know if anyone got shot as yet,” the source said at the time.

There have been reports of gunshots being heard in the Marchand area since.

Of interest, two Marchand brothers have been charged for the homicide of Joseph Stanislaus Pistol, who was gunned down in his business place, Kross Roads Minimart, in Cedars, around 9 p.m. on March 13, 2019.

Donavan Ismael, 17, of Marchand, Castries was charged last week for Pistol’s killing and his brother, Rueben Ismael, 19, also of Marchand, was arrested and charged on April 27.

Both brothers have since been remanded after appearing in court.

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12 comments

  1. ALFRED EMMANUEL

    MARCHAND I was born there ,lived there for half a century plus and have no reason to live in fear.

    Never given any thought to the safety of my family as well.

    You see when your community opens its doors to the poor ,and these very same poor people hold on to the view that they are been disadvantaged then you will have these things happening

    Are they disadvantaged, in my opinion NO.
    They need to understand that no one owes them nothing in life but they must be prepared to work hard for everything in life.

    Yes some will argue look at the politicians. Robbing the state coffers without fear of been arrested. The so-called upper class getting away with Crimes.
    Yes my friends that's true but it does not give you the right to follow them and bring shame and disgrace to a community that opened its doors to your grand parents, parents and now you and in some cases only to YOU.

    The authorities are in for their fair share of licks from me.
    Some of them are deeply connected with these bandits but are masquerading behind the notion that no one is prepared to come forward as eye witness.
    FOOLISHNESS
    CASE in point go back some years ago when bandits tried to assassinate an off duty law enforcer.
    What happened .GO AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF.
    SO those who have absolutely no first hand knowledge of Marchand and its surroundings keep your comments in context and not out of emotions.
    To those law abiding original Marchand folks as well as those to whom we opened our community to and have respect for law and order I believe the time is now for us to take back our community based on civil debate and actions.
    It will not be easy but if we fail to try then we might just be as guilty as those who render lip service all in the name of a vote when it is convenient and those quiet enablers who profit from such acts and deviant behaviors.

    LONG LIVE THE LAW ABIDING RESIDENTS OF MARCHAND. LET'S NOT SURRENDER TO THOSE WHOSE MISSION IS TO BRING SHAME AND DISGRACE TO OUR MUCH CHERISHED COMMUNITY ,ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE NOT EVEN PASS THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY BUT CLAIM TO KNOW IT BETTER THAN US.

    IF WE TAKE THAT CONSCIOUS DECISION TO PUT AN END TO THE DARK SIDE OF HOME SURELY WE CAN WIN.
    LONG LIVE MY PEOPLE LONG LIVE

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  2. This is why a very strong message must be sent - START HANGING THE BASTARDS.
    I bet you, after the first hanging, just wait and see how many more shootings. They'll stop.

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  3. Kill the heads of the gun and the leaders too

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  4. So what is Chastenet doing about crime? I remember that this was his mandate. After all Kenny could not and HE PROMISED HE WOULD. !!!

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    • You're the village idiot. Get a life hack. Keep killing each other and ask what is the Prime Minister doing about it. He does not have to do a dam thing because he never ask to go kill each other stupid.

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    • What chastanet is the people have to talk to stop crime.they hiding their children

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  5. Burn down Marchand, Graveyard and Conway. No good comes from these communities. Dracarys

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  6. I hear a lot about 3 gun /mask men. Is that the same trio everywhere.

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  7. Marchand Marchand Marchand..........Mwe Mem It is a darn shame waste of life and the thieves, morons idiots and monsters are still alive. Some one will take you three lives the same way you take the young mans own. You yourself know Marchand is a hot spot what were you doing walking there for? Again one cannot even walk the streets in St.Lucia late no more,to the family stay strong leave everything to God he is in charge he say vengeance is mine I will repay. Rest In Eternal Peace my Lucian brother.

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