TWO separate shooting incidents over the past weekend have resulted in the death of a teenager and a firm decision by Gros Islet police for a complainant to be identified.
The early morning peace of Georgeville, La Pansee was shattered by bullets aimed at 17-year-old Akeem Antoine on Saturday, September 14th. The VOICE learned that Antoine sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was pronounced dead at Victoria Hospital.
Antoine, the VOICE understood was walking in the community when someone walked up to him and shot him several times. The motive behind the incident is still unknown.
A post mortem examination was conducted on Sunday, September 15, 2019, which revealed he died as a result of mixed shock (neurovascular and hemorrhagic shock), secondary to spinal and lung injury due to gunshot wounds to the chest.
No one had been arrested in connection with the incident prior to press time yesterday.
This is the 34th homicide for the year to date. The Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force received a report of a shooting in Georgeville at about 4:45 Saturday morning, according to a police report.
Meanwhile that same Saturday morning, in the very wee hours, another shooting incident, this time in Cap Estate, drew the attention of Gros Islet police. Although no one was injured in that incident and some people on the scene attempted to shrug it off as nothing, police stood their ground and demanded that a complaint be made.
A VOICE investigation revealed that information about shots being fired at a party that was ongoing in Cap Estate reached Gros Islet police shortly after four in the morning. The report did not come to police via a formal complaint from someone at the party, but the police, upon hearing about the incident, decided to investigate. According to police sources, responses by persons at the party to their questions were not encouraging, pushing the officers to be a lot firmer in demanding answers to their questions.
A complaint was finally made, albeit reluctantly. Police are now investigating the matter. No arrest has been made in connection with that incident.