By Andre Huie
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (WINN) -- Deputy premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, has reassured the public that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) has the crime situation in the island under control despite the unprecedented incidents on Thursday comprising two shooting incidents and a robbery.
The Charlestown police responded to a report of a robbery in Morning Star where a man stole an undisclosed amount of money. On the same day two persons were shot and injured at about 10:40 am. Reports are that a vehicle stopped near a local shop and the occupants discharged rounds in the direction of some young persons who ran away. One of the victims, a young male, was grazed by a bullet on his toe.
Police responded to a second shooting incident at a store in Camps. Investigation revealed that around 3:05 pm an armed assailant attacked an employee then fled the scene. The injuries sustained are not considered life threatening, according to police. The police appealed to anyone with information on these incidents to call Crime Stoppers at 1-880-8477.
Brantley asked the public to cooperate with the authorities for the successful investigation of these crimes. The shootings Thursday came a day after a shooting at the Public Works Department as well the shooting death of Carlisle Hobson almost two weeks ago.
Brantley said recent the shootings are evidently reprisal acts. However, spokesperson for the opposition Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), Alister Yearwood, was very critical of the NIA’s response in addressing crime on Nevis.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network