Two persons have been arrested for the fatal shooting of a young man in Coolie Town, Marigot on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 at about 10 p.m.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Crime Chief Milton Desir said the suspects are likely to be charged soon.
Police said the victim, 18-year-old Altheus Duplessis aka ‘Sixty’, who is reportedly from Morne Ciseaux, Jacmel, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at Victoria Hospital.
A source from the community said the teen was gambling when he was shot in the back of the head and other parts of the body.
Though the motive for the victim’s murder is not yet clear to the media, residents from Morne Ciseaux, as well as relatives, said the deceased’s death was imminent.
He was allegedly a known serial thief and was always embroiled in disputes and altercations with family members and gang rivals.
Police sources say Duplessis was accused of stealing a motorcycle, while relatives said just before his death he allegedly chopped his grandfather in a family dispute.
Duplessis was reportedly stabbed in the back, and hit in the face with a bottle during past altercations.
However, several sources in the community told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that they believe Duplessis’s death may be linked to a shooting that occurred in Jacmel in late August 2015.
“The person who was shot in August was shot in his abdomen. He didn’t die. His boss slapped Sixty and two days later somebody shot his boys so he said it was Sixty and his friends who did it,” the source said.
They also pointed out that Duplessis’s father was shot in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the day before the fatal shooting – information that was confirmed by the police.
His father was in stable condition.