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Residents reported hearing a barrage of gunshots from automatic or semi-automatic firearms around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.
“It was rapid gunfire from high calibre weapons,” one resident told St. Lucia News Online.
Shortly after the sounds subsided and the ‘smoke cleared’, a 17-year-old, believed to be from La Clery, Castries is killed on the spot, a 28-year-old Bois Patat, Castries man injured and his 19-year-old brother in custody.
The shooting occurred following an alleged chase and shootout between the police and individual/s on board a white car, according to sources.
The police were reportedly acting on a tip that a white car with potentially armed suspects on board, a source said.
The chase ended at the junction of Chaussee Road and La Pansee, in the vicinity of the Anglican school, with the shootout.
Videos posted on social media show two police pickup vans near a white car, surrounded by heavily-armed officers.
Curious onlookers were kept at a distance while they carried out their investigations.
BELOW IS POLICE PRESS RELEASE SENT FOLLOWING OUR REPORT
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, about 10:30 p.m., officers attached to the Special Services Unit, whilst on mobile patrol, received information regarding a suspicious motor vehicle, at Reclamation Grounds, Castries.
The responding officers made attempts to stop a white Toyota Lancer, registration number PE3191, but to no avail. The motor vehicle in question failed to stop, venturing through one-way streets about the city, contravening traffic regulations.
During an attempt to apprehend the individuals, one individual was fatally shot, whilst a second was non-fatally injured. A third male was arrested without injury.
One nine millimeter (9mm) firearm was recovered by officers from the said individuals.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 456 3754.