(SNO) – One day after four people sustained gunshot wounds at Westhall Group in Vieux Fort town, police have not made any arrests however they are investigating reports that the motive for the attack stemmed from a war between two known gangs.
Inspector of Police Marcellinus Leonce told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) Saturday evening, June 30, that while the police have received reports that a gang is responsible for the attack, they won’t be able to confirm this theory unless people speak to the police.
Leonce said it is always difficult getting witnesses and victims to talk when gang violence is suspected.
However, he said the police have “clues” they’re working on to help their investigations.
Two males were reported to have carried out the attack, but Leonce said he also heard that it was a total of four persons who attacked the residents.
He said if the police is able to get at least two of these persons in custody to question them, then the investigators will have a better idea of what is really going on.
The attack on Friday occurred shortly after 4 p.m.
One man sustained gunshot wounds to his leg and buttocks, and the one to his behind travelled to his stomach, Leonce said, adding that this victim appears to be the most serious of the four victims.
He was scheduled to undergo surgery, Leonce said.
While the police are searching for clues, they’re always keeping a keen eye out for more attacks. Residents have reported to be on edge because they expect more shootings.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed the latest shooting stemmed from a gun attack on May 29, 2018 in Castries that left one dead and four injured.
The resident said it is a “gang war” between hoodlums from Castries and Vieux Fort, and when the major players in the war are not found, their enemies tend to target relatives and innocent residents, like what happened on George Shine Drive on Friday afternoon.
“Innocent bystandaers were caught in the war yesterday,” the resident added. “The police knows this and need to be more proactive. They know who the players are.”