Citizens have expressed concern following the recent shootings in Castries, including the homicide that occurred off Chaussee Road today.
As large crowds gathered at both ends of the crime scene of today’s shooting several people discussed how they felt about the situation. Many believe the situation has gone “out of control”.
One woman, who requested anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that she is “positive” that the shootings will continue. She believes the police are now afraid to do their job.
She said many persons believe the gang war is about to escalate as it appears that criminal elements are no longer afraid.
“I don’t think this is the end. That is an innocent man they killed. But the guys in Wilton’s Yard will not take it like that. They will do something and the next thing you know it’s another shooting,” she said.
The woman told SNO that she is particularly afraid for her young children, nieces and nephews, who may be harmed while walking along Chaussee Road.
The woman, who was literally speaking with tremble in her voice, said today’s shooting is not a good sign for Castries, and people have to look over their backs.
She also called on the police to do something to bring the perpetrators to justice and an end to the violence.
Meanwhile, a man who claims to live in Wilton’s Yard, said while some of the young men can get out of hand sometimes, they have never killed someone who is innocent – referring to Asha Emmanuel.
The man, who did not want to be named, told SNO: “It’s one thing to kill a man, but another thing to get a bullet right back at you. Everybody seeing it as a simple man get shot, but the man was helping the youths here.”
Asked whether he thinks the violence will escalate, the man responded in the affirmative, stating that he is not involved in the violent activities, but “soon gunshots will fire like wild”.
A woman, who claims to be a relative of Emmanuel, told SNO at today’s crime scene that she believes the “criminals are taking over and nothing is being done to stop it”.
The woman, who also requested anonymity, said criminals continue to act without fear despite the frequent police patrols along Chaussee Road.
“So I cannot understand how these crimes are taking place and these officers are around. It’s either they are watching to see when the police go take a break,” she added.
The woman said crime is on the increase in Saint Lucia and unless something is done now to stop it, the country will be plagued with more murders and violent crimes.
Some persons were discussing the recent IMPACS report, stating that the address given by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has to some extent restricted the police from fully executing their duties.