National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere has noticed an increasing trend: more teenagers are forming gangs, getting involved in gang-related activities, trying to take leadership of gangs – and they are very dangerous.
La Corbiniere told HTS: “What we are seeing emerging, more and more … younger and younger individuals who are forming and trying to head these gangs. So you have a situation where you have 17-year-olds, 18-year-olds and some cases, even 15 and 16-year-olds, who are part and parcel of these gangs.”
The minister said the young gang members do not necessarily abide by rules.
“So we are seeing some kind of shift to a lower and lower age, in terms of the formation of these gangs and that presents some additional problems, because we find increasingly that many of the younger ones are far more dangerous in a way. In the sense that they are not bound by any conventions, they are not as tied to some of the ground rules that even criminals may impose upon themselves from time to time,” La Corbiniere said.
Residents of several inner-city communities have blamed teen gangsters for the recent outbreak of violence in Castries, which have claimed four lives, so far.
The latest victim is 43-year-old James Nelson of Calvary Road, Castries, who was gunned down on the Chaussee on Thursday, April 9 at about 8:30 a.m.