“Police were after a gang of masked gunmen”; Soufriere resident speaks about shooting and rise of criminal gangs in area

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“Police were after a gang of masked gunmen”; Soufriere resident speaks about shooting and rise of criminal gangs in area
A resident said Soufriere is now being overrun by criminal gangs comprising young men.

A resident of Soufriere, reflecting on last night’s shooting, said he believes it may have stemmed from gang activity.

The resident, who requested anonymity, explained that the incident happened a few feet away from his home. According to the man, his girlfriend related the story to him, as he was not at home at the time of the incident.

“The police were after a gang of masked gunmen,” the resident told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today.

He said there were at least three to four masked gunmen, who were being chased by the police. The bandits escaped by crossing over the river closest to the Palmiste Road, while the police were on the other side of the river on Wingsville Road.

“They found an opening by my yard, which they chose to hide. Little that they knew I had a dog and the dog kept barking. The masked gunmen opened fire at the police who were on the other side of the river. There were multiple gunshots right under my bedroom window,” he said.

The resident told SNO that he is of the belief that the police did not return fire, because if the police did, then his home would have been riddled with bullets or might have resulted in casualties. However, the gunmen managed to escape and luckily no one was injured, including his girlfriend who witnessed the incident.

Questioned as to whether there were any such incidents before, the resident said: “When things of that nature happens in Soufriere you don’t really hear it on the news because we had an armed robbery on that same road a little higher up and you still can’t hear that on the news. Just about two months ago we had shots being fired almost in that same neighborhood.”

Asked whether he feels safe as a resident given the increasing number of criminal activities in the area, the man said: “I am somebody from the community and I probably might feel comfortable, but it is not a safe area as of lately. It is the young fellas that are going up there and falling by the waste side. A lot of young boys from the block, basically they have all kind of things in their waist. As a resident I would feel safe, but is not a safe way to walk.”

The source told SNO that outsiders should always be on the lookout because they could be attacked at any point.

“If you not from the area, people would just watch you like you coming to destroy them and they would probably come and destroy you first.”

He said it is no secret that the area is known to have a few criminal gangs, comprising mainly young men who rob people.

“Just recently there was a gang war between one community and the Palmiste gang and a gang from the golf, and that end up in bloodshed where they had to transport one gentleman to Castries via a boat because the bridges were out,” he added.

He expressed sadness over the way in which these gangs operate, stating that they tend to break up street limes and parties.

“They always wait when they have a good time, like when people celebrating, like Carnival or disco, they wait then to attack the other party,” he disclosed.

The resident believes that the issue is beyond government’s control and it has a lot to do with the new culture of gangs being created in Soufriere and generally on the island.

“This issue has nothing to do with government, but the youths are to be blamed. They have to get up and go and look for work because if they sit down at their homes or on the block, nobody will come and get them. They have to get up and get it,” he asserted.

The concerned resident said he would like to see more Soufriere youths taking part in different work programmes and give up violence.

“They would just sit on the block and do illegal stuff because maybe it is bigger cash for them, but they can get up and go look for a job and earn a living by the right way… they don’t do it. They always wait on the government to provide and even when it’s there for them they still not going.”

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  1. MANDATORY CONSCRIPTION (National Service -no guns)for all upon your 15th birthday with following exceptions:

    - you are enrolled in school for your age level FULL TIME with minimum avg grades
    - employed full time in an approved service, trade,or other semi professional/professional occupation
    - you are deemed medically or mentally disabled
    - you are age 33+

    OH, and punishment for any position of a firearm exile to work in Denali Preserve , Alaska, surveying fauna and flora with camera and other scientific assistant practices

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  2. it has nothing to do with better days !!!!!! so playing politics ....i say police shoot them to kill them!!!!! or cripple their back side n tell the US go ...themselves TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!

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  3. In the 21st century, Dalson, a 19th century man with 19th century ideas is ill-equipped to lead the tourism capital of St.Lucia.
    Chastanet, in my opinion, is better suited to lead Soufriere.
    When some of the best hotels on the planet are located right here in the Soufriere area, the City should have been able to capitalize on that; but Dalson looks backward instead of forward.

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    • While I believe your comments are out of place...i totally agree with the latter part of what u said...with so prominent hotels around soufriere should be like gros-islet...if memory serves me right wasn't soufriere the nation's first capital?...adding insult to injuru

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      • Soufriere should be better than Gros islet. The town of Soufriere should have world class restaurants, shopping, night-clubs, etc. Those rich guests at Jade and Ladera, etc are dying to get away from those resorts after about 3 days.

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  4. All we need is a squad who's sole purpose is to make criminals disappear......no bodies found....now that squad should only report to one man only.....provide them with .....latest equipment.....firearms......vehicles...surveillance gadgets etc.......
    If criminals can terrorize good citizens.....then its time to terrorize them too........and those white collar guys who are the brains behind those activities going too..........criminals have to go in hiding or leave st Lucia....too much shit.

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  5. the police can get does gangs verry easy,they are only stupid and disoganised in little st.lucia.

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  6. what? gangs everywhere now. I was down here but not familiar with the areas. where is Palmiste road ?is it the road in front of courts Soufriere?

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  7. You'll really good blame it on rival gangs, just leave out the half a tonne of white powder the Castries fellas looking for , officers know what that going but you will blame on the young men from the area , Soufriere there like is a treasure hunt that going on, smfh........

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  8. Scene hott.you see the youth have gone astraiii...society has a right to pave a path for the younger ones.but they fail, society and leaders are equally astraiii...although the yutes owe it to them to achieve something, but some really need help, i would say 79 % of a crime committed by a young person is a cry for help.

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    • Wrong. PARENT(S), not Gov't, not Priest, Deacons, neightbors, teachers, Ministers, etc, etc, etc, are the ones responsible for paving the way for the youths.

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      • I agree it all stems from how those individuals were brought up, am sure mre than 75% of those individuals come from a background of poor parenting. Stop & take a look at nights & am sure u could see children roaming the streets at all odd hours of the nite where are their parents, & thats how it all begins. when they grow up where do u fink they'll end up, think about it lucians

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  9. Time we calling on ministers of government to correct issues, call on the parents to guide and direct their children in the right way, then we will have less of these problems in society.

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  10. You all believe everything you read. What has has the Minister to do with this? Eeveryone of you all that are commenting are not from Soufriere. So just keep quiet. We have no masked gunmen in Soufriere.

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  11. don't get me wrong they keep saying the yutes doesn't look for jobs, but little did they know the yutes are looking for jobs but the economy is so slow that is very hard to get a job, and having to to be sending out applications and no responce in return is very frustrating, so ive come to a conclusion were crime will always be high, cause some how we got a get paid

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    • I agree with you to some extent. It is hard to find a job cause I myself am unemployed. Yess it is frustrating but that is no excuse for crime. The problem we have is that the people who are of age to retire don't want to go home. A long term effect we would have is lack of funds for pensioners because no younger people to pay NIC.

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  12. "Better days are here" I hate when people use this sarcastic ass line when there's something negative going on in this country smh

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  13. Wow, idiot, what did you want Dalson to do?, while the guys shooting run and grab the gun from them, idiot!!

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  14. Lol, aa where is Min of Social Transformation. He busy worrying about Chastanent instead of doing his work. What us social Transformation about if that ministry has no effect on the youth.SMH Dalson where are you.

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  15. well we better unleash the police again to take back the country. we must not live in fear of a few idiots.I was a strong supporter of restore confidence once the police act according to the law.Do your work right and have speedy inquest to vindicate you and everything will be alright.

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  16. Wow, that virus is now spreading everywhere. Only one way to stop the spread of that virus, kill them. I know times are hard (everywhere) and with Gov't already trying to take 5% from workers to close the deficit, I do believe they need to hire more Police Officers. It's now blantantly obvious that criminals far out-number Police. With that, have frequent and active patrols (the Police Officer in charge at the station should be enforcing this) both during the day and at night. This violence is becoming ridiculous. These criminals have no regard for anyone, AT ALL. They commit whatever crime, but when Police show up, they try to escape by any means. If you all are so bad, why don't you stay and take credit for what you did. You criminals are nothing but a bunch of COWARDS.

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