One man is dead following a shooting off Chaussee Road area in Castries, close to Leslie Land and Grass Street.
The dead man has been identified as Asher Emmanuel, aka BJ, former coordinator of the Wilton’s Yard After-School Programme.
Emmanuel, 48, is the husband of Cherly Clarke, a well-known Wilton’s Yard resident. Her brother, Arthur ‘Afoo’ Clarke was gunned down in Chase Gardens in January 2011.
At around 11:20 a.m., three young men, armed with guns, shot a “Rasta man” multiple times before escaping an eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
“He died almost instantly after passing blood from his torso, mouth, ears and eyes,” the eyewitness said. “He was being shot by three young men who immediately fled the scene.”
Residents reported hearing about 10 gunshots and discovered a man laying in a pool of blood.
Unconfirmed reports are that a male sustained a leg wound, possibly from a gunshot, in the crossfire.
Police have cordoned off the area. Law enforcement sources suspect the recent shootings are gang-related.
This shooting comes about one hour after a young male, believed to be in his teens, was reportedly shot in the leg in the La Toc area this morning, around 10:30.
Today’s killing is officially the third homicide recorded for the year, and comes about three days after the first two homicides.
A 49-year-old homeless man, Anthony Harris, also known as Tony, died off Chaussee Road, behind the Courts building, near Wilton’s Yard, also known as Graveyard, in a shooting incident at around 11: 20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. It is believed that Harris was caught in a crossfire.
Another male, identified as Brent Frederick, believed to be in his teens, sustained a gunshot wound in the mouth and was hospitalised in stable condition.
In the second incident, 27-year-old Oran Charles, aka Wong, of Monkey Town, Ciceron, was shot multiple times in Monkey Town around 2 a.m. Sunday, April 5. It is believed that the shooting was gang-related.
Charles celebrated his birthday recently, on April 1, a relative told SNO.
Of note, St. Lucia recorded no homicides in January, February and March 2015.