Two men hospitalised from gunshot injuries at The Strip

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Shooting victim Timoy Henry

By LR Liburd

The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer 

Just two days after the shooting-death of a Sandy Point resident, two young men in St. Kitts are nursing gunshot wounds at the JNF Hospital following a shooting incident at The Strip in Frigate Bay.

Information reaching The Observer states that at about 2:a.m. on Monday (Jun. 27), Timoy Henry of Shadwell and Lewis ‘Big Smoke’ Powell of Fort Thomas Road were shot while in the vicinity of Breeze Bar.

Henry was shot to the neck and Powell to one of his legs.

The Observer was told that while the injured men were being transported in a private vehicle to the hospital, another vehicle with the perpetrator or perpetrators was tailing them.

As the two men exited the vehicle on arrival at the medical institution, an individual from the other one attacked Powell and reportedly stabbed him a number of times and fled the scene.

Both men underwent surgery and are patients in the Surgical Ward.

Throughout the working hoursh of the day, no information was forthcoming from the Police Public Relations Office, but later in the evening this media house made contact with Commissioner Ian Queeley, who confirmed that the incident did take place but could not provide more details at the time.

The Observer understands that the 27-year-old Henry, a middle-distance runner, was selected to represent the Federation at the OECS Championship scheduled for this weekend in the British Virgin Islands.

This is not the first time that an attempt was made on Powell’s life.

At about 7:45 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009, while Powell was among five other young men sitting at the entrance of an alley at Shaw Avenue, two armed, masked men came through the alley from Thibou Avenue and fired a number of shots in their direction.

Powell, James ‘Pupup’ West of Lower Shaw Avenue and Ricky Williams of Central Street had sustained gunshot wounds and were warded at the JNF Hospital for a number of days.

Commissioner Queeley said investigations into this latest shooting incident are ongoing and he is asking anyone who has information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator(s) to call the Basseterre Police Station at 465-2241 extension 223 or 267, or call the nearest police station or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS).