Bus driver shot in Castries discharged from hospital; sister offers reward to catch gunmen

By SNO Staff

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(SNO) — The United States-based sister of a bus driver, who was shot during a robbery near his home in New village, Castries on Wednesday evening, has offered a reward of EC$5,000 to assisting in nabbing the culprits.

Lucy Matyr, a registered nurse living in Pennsylvania, told St. Lucia News Online on Thursday that her brother, 53-year-old Ignatius Jn Baptiste, who sustained three gunshot wounds to his left leg, was discharged from the hospital.

Reports are that, around 7 p.m., Jn Baptiste had just parked his bus and was walking home when he was accosted by three masked individuals, who proceeded to shoot and rob him.

Matyr said, according to information received, her bother “was coming from work and three guys — no questions asked — immediately starting shooting at him”.

She continued. “One bullet got the left leg. He fell to the ground. One of the shooters put his foot on his (Jn Baptiste’s) neck, the other continued to fire at him, took his money, 900 bucks, and they left him to die.

“He dragged himself up to the top of the stairs — in an alley way — screaming for help. That’s when neighbors came and took him to the hospital . He is home. Victoria hospital has no beds. That is scary. He got three bullets in the leg; they got them (bullets) out.”

The sister said she was told that her mother and her niece (Jn Baptiste’s daughter) heard the gunshots, not knowing it was their loved one.

“My niece… was the one who found him,” Matyr added. “What I heard is that the community heard the gunshots, everybody was running in and out of the house, afraid, around 7 p.m., then someone went to check on Ignatius because they know he’s a bus driver and his routine; then my niece went down to check on him. She found him on the steps, dragging himself to come home.They took him to the hospital.”

Matyr, who left Saint Lucia 25 years ago and last visited her homeland last year, said she has always encouraged people to visit the island, but her brother’s shooting, along with the crime rate, is “annoying” and damaging to the country’s image.

She is calling for tougher punishment for people who are “tainting Saint Lucia’s good name”.

“Tourism is part of their business and incidents like these are viewed as negative and vindictive. I want them to know how it feels to have someone put a foot on their throat and to be shot three times, like a drug raid,” she concluded.

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4 comments

  1. This story should be posted on all international papers and tourist sites to warn visitors to St Lucia the murder capital of the Caribbean

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  2. The Righteousness of God in Christ.

    Verse of the Day
    January 17
    Psalm 46:1-3
    1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

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  3. Damn , i thought they shot him because he resisted but they shoot him with no warning?
    These guys are getting worse by the year

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    • St.Lucia is not tough on crime. That's why those people do what they want. What is the Prime Minister doing about all this? Wait a Minute!!! He's worried about Horse Racing.

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