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Government commends police, heroic citizens and visitors

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Ezechiel Joseph

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Acting Prime Minister Honourable Ezechiel Joseph has commended the police for their quick action following a shooting incident in Castries on Tuesday afternoon where one person was shot dead and five persons were injured.

The Government of Saint Lucia states its immense concern about the recent violence which has transpired in the city and the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, expressed sympathies to the families of those affected and those who have been left traumatized by this violent incident within the city.

“We want to thank the average Saint Lucians who came to the aid of those who were injured and pulled others out of harm’s way,” said the Acting Prime Minister. “Despite the circumstances, there was true heroism showed by regular everyday people and we thank and commend them all. We also want to thank the visitors to our island, in particular two elective medical students who serve at Victoria Hospital, who were in the vicinity at the time and tended to the injured.

“We have also received reports about the quick response of the police and emergency personnel and we commend them for restoring calm to the city following this devastating incident.”

The Acting Prime Minister reiterated the Government’s zero-tolerance policy on crime and gang violence and stressed the commitment to create a peaceful and safe country for all citizens and visitors.

“Such incidents can never become the norm in our country,” stated Minister Joseph. “We must all help the police to carry out their duties in bringing this malaise on our nation to an end.”

Minister Joseph recognized the efforts of the Ministry for Security, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) and the Castries City Council in making the city safer and asked that anyone with information about the latest incidents to contact the police.

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8 comments

  1. Nice Job acting P.M.! this incident will not ruin the work the Mayor and the police have been doing. These criminals must be made an example of. Lets find our who these medical students were please and thanks

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  2. Let there be an awards ceremony for the real heroes of this shooting incident, the Police officers, the medical students and the brave citizens of this Country. They are to be recognized for their acts of Heroism. Lets get it done!

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  3. I think the heroes of this incident should be rewarded, the Police officer who shot the perp, the medical students and the citizens who went in harms way to offer help. Issue medals, coins for acts of Heroism, this is how it's done, reward them for Bravery.

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  4. "Minister Joseph recognized the efforts of the Ministry for Security, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) and the Castries City Council in making the city safer."
    "Safer" than what - your average day in Aleppo?
    Publish the IMPACS report. Let us know the truth.

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  5. Those interns are St. Lucian already!! Brilliant demonstration of humanity!! Keep it up!!

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  6. I saw those interns helping people. Nice!! Give them citizenship!!!!!

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    • Who wants to be a citizen here....? The people just come for their education and then go back home and make money.

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      • well apparently there are lots of ppl who want our citizenship hence why we are making money off selling our passports! so why not. I would not give up my St Lucian citizenship for anything. especially not to be a US citizen in these times. Even Americans are claiming refugee status overseas because of Trump. Our citizenship is still quite valued dont belittle your own country

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