Two adults and one juvenile- all males -were left with gun-shot related injuries to their legs, after unknown gunmen pounced upon a group of young men, drive by style, in St. Paul’s, around 9 p.m. last night, January 7.
According to a release from the Police, “22-year-old Calvert Francis, 18-year-old Alvin Browne and a juvenile, all of St. Paul’s, were sitting on a wall next to Lover’s Lane Alley in St. Paul’s, when a car stopped next to them. Investigations have also revealed that two men exited the car and opened fire on them. They ran down the alley in an effort to escape and got shot in the process.
Witnesses spoke of hearing a barrage of shots- approximately two dozen- and also suggested the use of a sub machine weapon, during the commission of the crime.
Reliable sources had indicated that security forces were in the area when the shooting occurred and there was an exchange between them and the unidentified attackers. Sources had also indicated that the security forces were in pursuit of the gunmen for a period of time.
The police confirmed this in their statement saying, “Police, who were on patrol in the area heard the shots and responded quickly. They intervened to halt the attack and a number of shots were fired at the car. The car fled the scene and they gave chase, intercepting the vehicle in Christ Church. The occupants exited the vehicle and made their escape on foot. The scene at Christ Church was processed and the car was taken to into Police custody for further inspection and processing.”
There is a sense of uneasiness and anxiety in the area. Residents are not only fearful for their lives but visibly concerned about the regularity of shootings in the area.
This media house understands that shots were fired in an area close to the St. Paul’s primary school, several nights ago. There was no report of any injuries to anyone.
Despite approximately forty illegal firearms being confiscated by the Police and Security forces in 2018, the first week in 2019 has highlighted the struggles the federation faces in relation to gun related crimes.
There have not been any arrests in relation to the shooting, up to press time.