Despite all the efforts of the government with the allocation of the largest budget amount to Crime Fighting of any department in the history of the federation and a 25% increase in compensation to police officers and assistance from the UK Bramshill Police and the US FBI the well over a decade long problem with violent crime and in particular gang-related murders continues to plague the federation of St.Kitts-Nevis. The Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) of the Royal St.Christopher-Nevis Police Force is investigating the latest shooting incident on Upper Thibou Avenue that has resulted in resulted the death of two persons and injuries to three others.
The shooting occurred at around 8.30pm on Thursday (July 21).
Initial investigations revealed that a group of persons were in the area (Upper Thibou Avenue), when an unknown assailant(s) opened fire on the group. One person was pronounced dead on the scene and the other fatality died while undergoing treatment. Three other persons were treated at the Joseph N. France General Hospital.
Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Department and technicians from the Forensics Services Unit have canvassed the scene for evidence.
Confirmed dead are Cleon Gilbert originally from Ottleys but who resided in Cayon; and Kyle Allen of McKnight.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr. Andre Mitchell 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 they may be aware of. ACP Mitchell encouraged citizens to call any Police Station or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS) with the information.