23 Year Old Man Slain by Masked Gunmen; Two Nursing Gun-shot Wounds

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By Lesroy W. Williams Observer Reporter
(Basseterre, St. Kitts)”Displays of the “wild wild west” continue to plague the Federation, with a string of shootings – mostly reprisals between rival gangs ” leaving one man dead and several others injured. Omar Stancliffe, 23, became the latest gun-related fatality on Nov. 11 at 9:30 pm. His death brings to 19 the number of recorded murders for the year. It comes on the heels of Alejandro Nisbett, of the Dominican Republic, who was hacked to death by a machete in Nevis on October 30. Upon receiving a report of hearing gunshots in the vicinity of Millionaire Street, the police went to the area where they found Mr. Stancliffe of Wigley Avenue lying on his back in a house, a police press release stated. He was attacked by two masked gunmen in an alley and shot in the front portion of his chest. He managed to get to a house where he died of his wounds. No motive has been established for the murder. There has been no arrest. Police continue to investigate. On Sunday November 9, three men were injured in a trio of separate shootings. Preliminary investigations of the police confirmed that two young men were shot at by two unknown males from a passing vehicle while approaching the main road from Caribbean Cinemas Parking Lot at Buckley’s Site at 1:30 a.m. Akeem Fraites, one of the two men, was shot in the chest area. He was able to get to the hospital where he was treated and detained. In the second incident, Samuel Eddy of Saddlers Village and owner of Railway Bar escaped death when several bullets were fired toward his bar from nearby bushes at 5:47 a.m. One of the bullets caught him in his buttock. He was transported to the hospital where he was treated and detained. The third shooting incident occurred Nov. 9 about 10:25 p.m. Vincent “Horse Head” Warner, 24, was shot and wounded three times while walking near the cemetery at Lavington. He is expected to survive, according to a police spokesman. One person is in custody in connection with the shooting, but has not been charged. Police are pursuing other suspects in the case. A police spokesman said Mr. Warner’s shooting may be gang-related. Anyone with information about this case should contact the St. Pauls Police Station at 465-6281. All information will be treated with strictest confidence. One shooting incident was reported on Nevis during this period. On Friday, Nov. 7, Stephen Thomas, originally of St. Kitts and now residing at Brown Hill, Nevis, was shot about 9 p.m. while walking up his driveway after visiting a local shop for a drink. Police were summoned to the scene and Mr. Thomas was then transported to Alexandra Hospital for treatment. Mr. Thomas was set upon by several masked assailants who opened fire, according to a police spokesman. He was wounded in the right shoulder and back. The shooting may have been gang-related, the police spokesman said. In 2006, there were 17 murders and in 2007, there were 16 murders. With 16 weeks left before the end of the year, 19 murders have been committed.

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