Irishtown Successfully Concludes Sports Day Despite Disruption by Shooting Incident

The sports day began on Friday, 25th February, 2011, at the Irishtown sporting complex, and according to a police report, the sound of gunfire caused the crowd to disperse.

“…Police at Basseterre received a report of a shooting incident at the compound of the Technical and Vocational section of the Clarence Fitzroy College. Police from the Special Services Unit (SSU), Anti-Gang and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) responded immediately and their investigations revealed that the Irish Town Primary School Annual Sports Day was in progress at the play field adjacent to the Irish Town Primary School when a group of young men were seen to be in an altercation.

“The altercation took them to the compound of the Technical and Vocational sections of the Clarence Fitzroy College when soon after a number of gunshots were heard. The crowd at the Sports Day dispersed causing the Sports Day to finish prematurely, however no one has been reported injured nor damage to property. There are no suspects in police custody at this time however police are in search of a number of persons of interest. Investigations are ongoing.” spoke with Principal of the school, Elvis Charles, who indicated that the sports activity was continued the following Monday (28th Feb), albeit without notifying the public. He suggested that the public not be notified and allow the children to enjoy themselves without disruption.

The champion house, according to Charles, is Red House which was followed by Green then Blue.

He said a number of challenges were encountered at the follow-up event including lack of officials, however he indicated that the participants along with the other students of the learning institutions seem to have enjoyed themselves. He said not being able to award each winner with their medals on the day of the event, as has been the custom, is another challenge which was faced.

“The only problem was that we normally give out trophies and medals on the same day. They are normally sponsored by Sylvester “Seymour” Williams of Island Auto Supplies. But because of the interruption, we did not get to do that. So the children were a little bit disappointed with that. Nonetheless, they had fun.

Charles indicated to this media house that the medals are scheduled to be distributed on 4th February, 2011.

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