Po­lice Con­tinue Crime Crack­down

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ama­jor shoot­ing in Wil­ton’s Yarde, Cas­tries this week broke the si­lence that had re­cently per­me­ated one of the pre­vi­ous “hot spots” in the city. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice on Wed­nes­day, March 25, 2015 about 10:10 p.m. two men sus­tained gun­shot wounds at Wil­ton’s Yard. They have been iden­ti­fied as 33 year old Ernie Pierre Louis of Wil­ton’s Yard, Cas­tries and 42 year old Richard Mathew of Morne Du Don, Cas­tries.

Re­ports say that the two were fired upon by three masked men while hav­ing a drink at a bar in the area. The vic­tims were trans­ported to the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal at­ten­tion and were listed as be­ing in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Mean­while this week the RSLPF an­nounced that it was in­ten­si­fy­ing ef­forts to crack­down on gang ri­valry in the town of Soufriere. Ac­cord­ing to law­men, on Sun­day, March 22, 2015 about 2:00 a.m. of­fi­cers at­tached to the Soufriere Po­lice sta­tion re­sponded to a re­port of gun­shots and throw­ing of mis­siles in “the gulf”, an al­leged gang area on Bridge Street, Soufriere.

Dur­ing the po­lice re­sponse one po­lice ve­hi­cle re­ceived dam­age from a stone, as in­di­vid­u­als fled the scene. This in­ci­dent po­lice say, arose from an ap­par­ent dis­pute be­tween ri­val gangs.

Then on Tues­day, March 24, 2015 about 1:00 p.m, on Mar­ket Road, Soufriere an­other dis­pute in­volv­ing ri­val gangs re­sulted in one French na­tional sus­tain­ing a mi­nor in­jury to the fore­head, when a stone was thrown through a restau­rant where he was hav­ing lunch. The French na­tional was taken to the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal, treated and dis­charged.

Since then a mas­sive po­lice op­er­a­tion has been un­der­taken un­der the com­mand of Of­fi­cer in Charge of the South­ern Di­vi­sion, Su­per­in­ten­dent Au­gustin Samp­son. The op­er­a­tion in­cluded of­fi­cers at­tached to the south­ern de­part­ments of the Spe­cial Ser­vices Unit, Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment, Marine Unit and of­fi­cers at­tached to the Choiseul, Soufriere and Vieux Fort po­lice sta­tions.

As a re­sult of the op­er­a­tion, one 9 mm pis­tol with two rounds of ammunition, one black and or­ange flare gun with a spent shell and two home­made shot­guns were re­cov­ered.

Three in­di­vid­u­als are at present in po­lice cus­tody as­sist­ing the po­lice with on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Samp­son, there will be no abat­ing of ef­forts on part of the South­ern Po­lice to crack down on gang re­lated ac­tiv­ity.

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