UPDATE: Councillor Victor Maurice in “stable condition” after Balata shooting

UPDATE: Councillor Victor Maurice in “stable condition” after Balata shooting
Victor Maurice was shot shortly after arriving home in Balata on Sunday, November 4.
Victor Maurice was shot shortly after arriving home in Balata on Sunday, November 3.

Victor Maurice, the popular nut vendor and councillor with the Castries Constituency Council who was shot and injured at his home in Balata, Castries on Sunday evening, November 3, is reportedly in stable condition.

Police spokeswoman Corporal Ann Joseph gave an update on Maurice’s medical condition at a press briefing on Tuesday, November 5.

“The last that I was briefed on, he is in stable condition at the Victoria Hospital. He is in the Intensive Care Unit. He has undergone surgery. And that matter is being investigated by CID in Castries,” she said.

She provided no further details on the case.

According to reports, Maurice, a confectionery vendor in Castries, had just arrived home in his vehicle, around 7:20 p.m. Sunday, when shots were fired at him from another vehicle.

He was shot at the bottom of the steps leading to his apartment upstairs — shortly after getting out of his car, St. Lucia News Online has learned.

His wife, who had not yet come out of his vehicle when the shooting started, was not harmed, according to reports.

Maurice was transported by private means to Victoria Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition, law enforcement officials have said.

Since the shooting, two major organisations have expressed shock at the shooting.

The ruling United Workers Party (UWP) said in a press release on Monday that it is “deeply saddened by the shocking news” of the shooting.

The release said Maurice has been a “loyal member” of the UWP for several years and from 2015 to 2016 served as chairperson of the Castries South Constituency Branch.”Mr. Maurice has always been a very jovial man and is known throughout Saint Lucia as he went from office to office daily selling his homemade healthy grains,” the UWP release stated.

“The United Workers Party calls for prayers for Mr. Maurice’s speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We also join the call to all Saint Lucians who are able to donate blood on his behalf at Victoria Hospital,” release further stated.

The Office of the Mayor and the Castries Constituency Council said in a press release that they are “saddened” by the shooting of the councillor who has served the Council for many years.

“He is well-known as a hard-working advocate for council’s policies, proficient in all his undertakings, and a friend to all. Councillor Maurice has been serving as a councillor since his swearing-in on August 2, 2016. We hope that the police investigation brings closure to this incident and that the culprit/culprits are brought to justice. At this time, we continue to pray for his family as we wish for a full and speedy recovery,” the release stated.


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