By Stanford Conway

The Observer

Two young men are nursing injuries to their bodies at the Joseph N France General Hospital following separate shooting incidents on Sunday, October 16.

According to newly appointed Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Acting Superintendent Sidwin Browne, Hans Lawrence of Conaree and Dale Wattley of Camps were shot last Sunday in separate incidents and warrants were issued for three men alleged to have been involved in the shooting of Lawrence.

Browne said the 22-year-old Lawrence reported that at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 16, he was shot in his right instep following a drive-by shooting while walking along a road in Conaree.

It is not clear as to what led to the incident but as a result of his statement, warrants were issued for the arrest of Travis Williams and Livingston Martin of Bird Rock as well as for Leon Thompson of Buckley’s,” Browne said.

He however noted that since the warrants were issued and aired by some of the local electronic media houses, Travis Williams and Leon Thomson voluntarily turned themselves in to the Basseterre Police Station last Tuesday.

Browne added that no charges have been laid but the two men were assisting the police with their investigation into the matter and they were still looking for the third man, Livingston Martin.

In relation to the other shooting incident, the CID Head said Wattley reported that he was shot while walking along Central Street, Basseterre at about 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 16.

“Wattley was taken to the Joseph N France General Hospital where he is being treated for injuries to both thighs and his right big toe,” Browne said.

Browne indicated that no one was held in connection with the incident but investigations were ongoing.

In recent time, there has been a significant increase in gun-related crimes in St. Kitts and despite the numerous calls and pleas for peace and tranquillity as well as for amicable settlement of disputes, shooting incidents continue to plague the society.

In his Independence Message to members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Deputy Commissioner Meredith Charles said there were criminals within the society who seemed adamant to terrorise the communities and their sole objective was to instil fear in the hearts of law-abiding people in the Federation and to threaten the very fabric of the security agencies.

He assured citizens and residents of as well as visitors to the Federation that the Police and Defence Forces would not be pressured into subjection and, “under no circumstances it would be allowed because we will not yield to the deviants.”

The security forces alone cannot stem the flow of crime within the Federation. They need our assistance; for crime fighting should be every law-abiding individual’s business. Therefore, let us come together and try our utmost in ridding the Federation of this ugly phenomenon.