Increased shooting on the island

Police have confirmed an increase in gun-related incidents across the island in recent days.

Four shootings have taken place within the past week with a number of victims being hospitalised for gun shot wounds.

A senior police officer told THE NEW TODAY that some of the shootings fall into the category of “copycats” with persons deciding to replicate the shootings that took place in another area.

It was a busy past week for some members of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) as they had to respond to several shooting incidents.

The most recent took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning, just after midnight in the area of Beasejour in the St. George North-west constituency of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

There was no report of any injuries but this newspaper understands that two males had a misunderstanding in a shop in the area, when one left and returned with a gun and pointed it in the direction of the other individual.

According to well-placed sources, the men soon engaged in a scuffle when one shot was fired.

A police source said that villagers resorted to a “Citizenship arrest” to hold the man with the gun and hand him over to an arriving police party.

On Easter Monday, there was a shooting incident in Victoria, St. Mark where two security officers were shot in the foot after trying to prevent someone from entering a party with a cooler.

One of the injured men has been described as the Security Guard for Congress leader, Nazim Burke during the just-ended election campaign.

There has been no indication from the police whether an arrest has been made in that shooting incident.

Another shooting incident occured over the weekend at around 2.oo a.m. on Saturday in the popular River Sallee saraka.

A police spokesman said that the lawmen were called in to respond to a shooting which occurred during a party at the River Salle Government School in St. Patrick involving a fight between two men.

It is reported that one of the men left the scene and returned moments later with a cutlass and was brandishing it wildly and making chops randomly at people.

A police officer on duty is said to have asked the man to drop the cutlass but he refused to do so and started approaching the officer with the weapon.

THE NEW TODAY was told that another officer at the scene fired a warning shot to stop the man in his tracks but it was futile.

It is reported that the officer whom the victim was approaching took out his firearm and fired two shots which resulted in the victim falling to the ground.

The officer who discharged his weapon was forced to seek cover as persons at the party retaliated by throwing bottles at him.

The victim who has only been identified as Andrew received six gunshot wounds to his right leg.

One other person attending the party, identified as 39-year-old Jackson Bertrand of La Porterie received a gunshot wound to his left hand during the incident.

Andrew is currently warded at the St. George’s General Hospital receiving treatment for the gunshot wound.
Police officers also responded to another shooting incident Sunday at around 2.00 a.m. at Mt. Parnassus, St. George.

Forty-four year old Brendon Briggs, a Bartender of Jean Anglais, St. George was reportedly shot in his lower back while attending an activity in the area.

This newspaper understands that Briggs was at Pigman’s Bar in Mt. Parnassus when he got shot while standing in the road.

It is reported that Briggs heard a loud noise and suddenly felt pain to his lower back, realising that he was shot.

No one has been arrested for the incident with Briggs telling police officers that he does not know who fired the gunshot at him.

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