Double murder in Central Basseterre

One of the two men killed is said to have died at the JNF General Hospital. understands that three more persons were treated at the JNF hospital as a result of gunshot injuries.

On arrival at the scene, observed the Violent Crime Unit and criminal investigators were already processing the scene. A large crowd had gathered on Greenlands pasture from where the body of a slain victim could be seen on the sidewalk on the opposite side of Cayon Street.

Dead are Cleon Gilbert of Cayon and Kyle Allen of Central Thibou Avenue. Injured in the incident were Vance Nisbett of McKnight, Kevis Cotton of Upper College Street and Omax Bye of Forth Thomas Road.

The mood was somber as Police examined the body and its environs for items of evidentiary nature. Later, family members arrived and helped to identify the body. They could be seen consoling each other, while some wailed in sorrow.

The shooting is believed to have occurred sometime close to 8:30 p.m., and may have started at or close to a wake, near Central Street and Thibou Avenue, that was taking place for someone known in the community as ‘Money’.

Spent ammunition shells could be seen on upper Tibou Avenue leading to Cayon Street.   Several persons indicated they heard what sounded like firecrackers, others said it sounded like a machine gun.

The quiet of the evening continued to be punctuated by wailing, as one woman said she was not planning on coming out on the street after hearing the gunfire.

Unconfirmed is that one of the deceased is a resident of the Cayon area, and he had recently been out of prison.

This double murder comes after shootings in Newtown on Wednesday night and another shooting incident near the St. Johnston’s Police Stations on Thursday when a shooting victim ran into the Police Station to escape his attackers.

That injured man was taken to the nearby JNF General Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, on Friday morning, Assistant Commissioner of Police Andre Mitchel called on the public to assist with information. Persons can do so by using the Canada based confidential and anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline 1-800-8477.



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