UPDATED: Man shot dead in Castries identified

UPDATED: Man shot dead in Castries identified
Police protecting the scene of a homicide on Chaussee Road, Castries.
Police protecting the scene of a homicide on Chaussee Road, Castries.

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.

 

 

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  1. sooner or lata this country is going to fall; most police officers do the same thing. simply gun down civilians. we have no right to play god, all this shooting and killing amounts to nothing. for gods sake stop the violence.

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  2. Every island has its issues that make a people seem less than stellar and in my eyes...our greatest issue is the act of 'following/bandwagoning". We are a set of people who just LOVE to do and say what is popular at the time. All of a sudden we have a surge in photographers, models, rappers and singers...you know why? Because st.lucians always want to BE IN IT. WIth that said...many of you supported Kennys lambasing of the police force because it was hot and popular to do so. When in truth and in fact this was a necessary evil. Whilst he is sitting his wide behind and watching this country go to shit from the side lines, America, the very america he seeks to please at all costs, do the same exact thing! They have several organized bodies namely the CIA and FBI who go about killing threats within and outside the US. Threats to civilians. So tell me what were we supposed to do? Let these criminals run wild and let stray bullets kill our children? I am sick of this place and sick of us st. lucians who refuse to see truth! truth is politicians dont give a damn! They care about their friends the bobolists and their supporters.

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  3. Cheryl first to begin i feel for u, sorry for ur lost, but on another note, it jus came knocking at ur door, run down the bad elements ull say that are not from the graveyard but come to hang there, before the police come in the graveyard ull want to run them down, run down the bad elements too same speed, u running down the police, u not running down the bad elements, while u coming and tv saying something else, is because of theminnocent ppl had to get hurt, and poorjab ur husband and to pass in this. But instead of running down the police when they come graveyard work with them to make ull committe a better place

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  4. I dont blaim Mary at all for whats taking place right now. She is just a mouth pis doing her job. However Mr. PM I cant say the same for u. I expected this the minute ur report was read. To say all the police shootings were staged I just do believe. Some may have been but I can imagin there were necessary at the time. Mr. PM, i honestly believe that otherwise u would have been a good Prime Minister but when it comes to the way u deal with crime u failed. Everytime u take office violent crime show its head, and for that u have no answer. I understand that ur job was a difficult one with the US coming into play but I believe u opened that can of worms so it was only just thst u had to deal with it. I seat and wait to for ur solution to this problem

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  5. DO WE NEED A RE-BRANDED AND RE-PACKAGED "OPERATION RESTORE CONFIDENCE" TO STOP THIS SUDDEN UPSURGE IN GANG VIOLENCE?

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  6. SO LIKE ALL HELL HAS BROKEN LOOSE TOWARDS THE END OF THE LENTEN SEASON AND NOW BLOOD FLOWS AFTER THE THREE-MONTH HOMICIDE DROUGHT.
    WE NEED TO STOP THE VIOLENCE NOW.

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