According to police, the first of the three shootings occurred around 9:00pm last night, (Sunday, 31st July, 2011), in the Village of Cole Hill, Nevis, when the victim, Bernard Browne was exiting his vehicle to enter his home. He was reportedly shot by unknown assailant(s) in what appears to have been an ambush.
However, Mr. Browne was not killed and is currently receiving treatment in hospital. It is believed that he was hit in the leg but this has not been confirmed.
The second shooting, according to reports from police sources, occurred just around 1:00am this morning, (1st August, 2011), at a place known to be used for illegal gambling. In this case the victim was well known local cricketer, Gary Simmonds of Gingerland, who was shot and is now in a critical condition, in hospital.
Then at 5:00am this morning, (1st August, 2011), the dawn of the 167 Anniversary of Emancipation Day, the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis recorded its latest homicide, with the shooting death of Jermaine Freeman, said to be from the village of Rawlins, who was killed at the Cultural Complex, the site of the main activities for Culturama entertainment.
These shootings have put a damper on the J’ouvert morning celebrations as the people of Nevis enter the final stages of the annual Culturama festivities.
Police have promised to release more details as they become available. Investigations are currently ongoing.