(L-R) - Kyle Allen, Cleon Gilbert and Omax Bye

By LR Liburd

The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer

Some 12 hours after Vernon ‘Pest’ Elliott was shot a short distance from the Police Traffic Department in St. Johnston Village, two young men were killed and three others wounded when two assailants fired a number of shots at a group of mourners in Upper Thibou Avenue, McKnight.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (July 21) and the two men killed are Cleon Gilbert of Lower Cayon and Kyle Allen of Central Thibou Avenue, while those wounded are Omax Bye of Fort Thomas Road, Vance Nisbett of Thibou Avenue and Kevis Cotton of Upper College Street.

According to reports, the men were among a group of mourners under a tent in Upper Thibou Avenue celebrating the life of Kevin ‘Money’ Heyliger, who was laid to rest earlier that day, when they came under a hail of bullets fired by two masked individual who had emerged from a nearby alley.

The Observer was told that during the onslaught many individuals had sought cover behind vehicles and any available object to protect themselves while a number of them ran through alleys to evade the gunmen.

However, one individual, who was either Gilbert or Allen, was shot while running and fell on the sidewalk when he reached Cayon Street. He was pronounced dead on the scene by District Medical Officer Dr. Reginald O’Loughlin.

This media house learned that the other young man was transported to the Joseph N France General Hospital along with three others but he shortly thereafter succumbed to his injuries.

Omax Bye was reportedly shot in his right leg and a bullet had grazed Kevis Cotton’s chest.

Cleon Gilbert and Kyle Allen’s death have taken the number of homicides committed in St. Kitts and Nevis to 19 for the year.

A police communiqué stated that investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Department as well as technicians from the Forensics Services Unit had canvassed the scene for items of evidential value.

The communiqué also stated that the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Andre Mitchell, has echoed a call for the public to assist the police in the fight against crime by providing information on this crime or any criminal activity of which they may be aware, and that he is encouraging citizens to call any police station or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS) with the information.

At about 9:15 a.m. on Thursday (July 21), Vernon ‘Pest’ Elliott of St. Johnston Village was twice shot in the region of his buttocks by an unknown assailant.

The victim’s name was given as Vernon ‘Pest’ Elliott of St. Johnston Village and he was reportedly shot twice in the region of his buttocks.

According to reports, Elliott was on Virgil Newton Street, a street on the eastern side of the JNF Hospital, when a lone gunman started shooting at him. He took evasive action by running along Station Street in the direction of the Police Traffic Department with the gunman in hot pursuit firing more shot after him.

He however managed to evade the gunman by seeking refuge at the Police Traffic Department, from where he was manually taken to the hospital by several male residents in the area.

No one has so far been held responsible for this incident.