Citizens worried about recent shootings

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Citizens worried about recent shootings
Persons gathered at Chaussee Road today to witness the body being removed from the crime scene.
Persons gathered at Chaussee Road today to witness the body being removed from the crime scene.

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.

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  1. I believe we should gather all the different gang put them on an abandoned plot of land where no innocent people can get hurt and let them go at it. Then see who survives.

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  2. Psst ! Kenny still left for Jamacia, so who's left to protect us ! The same police we accused of murder . The police Need to stop taking 911 and 999 calls just one week teach you bastards a lesson!

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  3. Priminister... Ministers.... United states.... Jamaica... Citizens of the country let the police do their job... Criminals r striking cus they feel they have more powers than the police now cus they listen to every speech every news report n as illiterate as the criminals r they tend to believe that the reports that are given means they will get away with every crime committed... They r getting bolder n bolder each n everyday now they dont even wait for the shield of the nite to perform dere tirade... Yesterdays shooting proves dat....now we crying on tv three shootings in three days..... Let the police do wat have to b done to stop it.... Hypocrite.... I am so fed up of being afraid... Let the police do their job....

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  4. Who feels it knows...the wife of the man they killed on the chaussee bashed police on tv for killing her brother wen police was ridding the country of unnecessary criminals.... Do u think criminals give any thought to innocent citizen... Beware wen criminals strike they strike n who dead dead..... Now ur husband is dead by criminals.... Innocently u say.... Im sure youre wishing in ur heart that operation restore confidence was still active... I hold no pity for criminals..... I pity the innocent... I cry out for the innocent children that walks the street n the adults who pay for the criminals everyday rampage... Look rose hill everyday u c the elderly n youn adults cum from making a daily living stranded on the chausse cause they r afraid to walkto their homes..... Is that a life?

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  5. Hahaha 3 months of no killing in 2015 is a result of ORC which took place in 2009-2011 #laughable
    When a boy die by gunshot he was a good boy, when a man die by gunshot he was a good man, #laughable
    Cctv cameras that don't work, police near a scene and still cannot apprehend anyone#laughable, Christians lol want police to continue killing people that killing people #scary
    If i have to continue to pay tax to feed criminals so me and my family could be safe in the streets #applauding. Lets stop being a country run by emotions but morals #freestlucia

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  6. Kenny bashed the police for what he said was illegal killing of KNOWN criminals! Kenny was after King and used and demoralised the police compromising the safety of us St. Lucians in his insane vendetta! Kenny needs to go because he has no love for the people of this country! He and his bunch of misfits are only concerned about themselves!

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  7. Vernon, let them kill each other and then pretend to investigate. The same people crying about crime are the same people bashing the police. let them finish off each other. send Mary with her criminals to defend them.

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  8. For true where is Mary Francis come and stop the bandits is people like you that have st Lucia so. America police still killing blacks in cold blood .

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  9. Where's the uniformed task force those guys played a major role in combating crime in the city. Some saw it wasn't necessary any more cuz crime rate went down. They fail to realize that was one of the advantage or shud I say it was to show the effectiveness of the uniformed task force

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  10. The police are not afraid to perform their duties. The problem is what's the point of putting your life at risk for your leader (prime minister) basically throwing all your efforts down the drain.

    This is what happens when the politicians get involve in the affairs of the force for their greed.

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  11. Lucians are a bunch of hypocrites they talking now about the shooting but tell the police bring down one of the criminal elements they would be like hawks and other Mary Francis calling for human rights my ass but where is the human rights for the innocent passer bys.The police right not to do anything tell Kenny, Lacobinnier and the US go and bring them down chppz.

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  12. "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."

    I definitely believe so... bring back Operation Restore Confidence.

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  13. besides how can the police perform their task efficiently if they are being bashed (internationally) by the government of Saint Lucia. Mr PM you see what u cause "fear in the hearts and minds of our citizens -now that they have lost their trust in the police with your BS address" Dont forget that name of our law enforcers.. Saint Lucia Royal Police FORCE. Allow the police FORCE to perform its duties of protecting the citizens..choops

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    • The problem I have with statements like this is :If the prime minister kept this info to himself then the opposition would use it to portray him as the one who condoned the police actions and is covering it up.Now that he put it out he is the bad one. He is the one causing the crime, he is against the police. Lucians make up your minds what you guys want. Some of you guys are a bunch of naive confused people

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  14. is it going to be a "i am afraid to go to Castries City all over again for lucians". These shootings are taking place in broad day light and we have no press release from the police stating that they have the person(s) in custody. smfh.. The government need to invest CCTV in every pole in town, villages, city and major communities. If we have money to fund all sorts of nonsense we should have to monitor our towns, city and villages.

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    • whats the point in putting CCTV all over the place when those they already have not seeing Jack, take a good look @ them and you will understand what I mean.

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  15. Mary Francis were are u is there any human rights 4 law abiding citizens or just criminals u defending when cops doing their job to stop them come on Mary call d U.S. like u did before an tell them d criminals making SLU a cowboy country we have d western music already we doh need d violence

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