St. Lucia’s latest homicide victim, Arthur Paul Jones, is reported to have survived two shooting incidents earlier this year.
Jones, 27, who was fatally shot while walking in Trouya, Gros Islet sometime between 12:00 and 1:00 this morning, was shot in the face eight months ago in Marchand and a bullet grazed his back in Forrestierre about four months ago, according to his child’s mother, 18-year-old Katelan Desma Jeremie.
Below: Scene of the crime
In an interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this morning, Jeremie said in the Marchand incident, Jones was injured during a crossfire. She said he underwent surgery for a bullet wound in the region of the mouth.
About four months later, she said he was shot at during an argument in Forrestierre. The shot only grazed his back, she said.
Jones was however not so lucky a third time this morning when he was shot several times while walking along the Trouya Road. He was pronounced dead at Victoria Hospital.
Four persons are in custody assisting with investigations, according to a police press release. The post mortem examination is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, police said.
Jeremie said she understood that Jones was hanging out with friends in Bagatelle before he left their company at about 9 p.m. for Trouya where he met his death.
When SNO visited Trouya this morning, persons in the area said Jeremie was seen in the community several times.
One person, who claims to have known the deceased, alleges that Jones sometimes visits a female in the Gros Islet community.
Other persons who were close to the deceased told SNO that Jones’ death may have been gang-related, or as one source puts it, “a revenge killing”.
According to Jeremie, Jones’ mother died when he was only two years old and his father died when he was 13.
She said he was originally from Babonneau but sometimes slept by her house in Bagatelle, Castries, or by friends living in the same community.
Jones is survived by his only child, a seven-month-old girl.
His death is the 40th homicide committed so far this year in St. Lucia.
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