A number of versions of the event have been in circulation, however, according to Inspector Vaughan Henderson of the police force’s Press and Public Relations Office, Hawley of HalfMoon Bay, had driven in his mini van to the top of Fort Street and had parked in traffic with the vehicle’s windows turned down, when he was attacked.
He further explained that Forest approached Hawley – who was still in his vehicle – and began attacking him with a hammer.
Another local businessman, Glenford Gumbs, Henderson explained, was also driving up Fort Street when he observed the altercation and responsed in Hawley’s aid. The incident reportedly occurred at about 5:30 p.m.
“Glenford Gumbs of Gulf View Drive, Frigate Bay, who was driving behind, saw the altercation taking place, and went to the rescue of Mr. Hawley. Gums drew his licenced firearm and shot Foster in his upper left leg.”
As a result of the incident, a report was made to the Basseterre Police Station and officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Special Services Unit (SSU) and the Beat and Patrol Unit, “responded immediately…and conducted investigations.”
The Emergency Medical Services was summoned to the scene via which Forest was transported to the Joseph N. France General Hospital and Henderson informed that he was treated and is warded in stable condition “under police guard”.
He also informed that Hawley, who “received minor injuries to his face and head…visited the JNF where he received treatment for his injuries and was discharged.
According to the PRO, “Foster will likely face charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, simple wounding or battery.” He noted, however, that he cannot say whether or not Gumbs will be charged but noted that that will not be known until the final investigation is made.”
Enquiries into the circumstances of the event are ongoing.