Shooting incident on the weekend

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the wounding of a forty-six year old man as a result of a gun play incident on Sunday.

Warded at the General Hospital is Anthony Sylvester, popularly known as Iron Monkey, a resident of Ka-Fe Beau, St. George after receiving a single gunshot wound to his right shoulder.

Information is rather sketchy as to the circumstances surrounding the incident.

However, THE NEW TODAY was informed that the incident resulted from an alleged drug deal that went sour and started on the Carenage in St. George.

A police official said the shooting incident only culminated in the vicinity of South City Plaza in Grand Anse, St. George.

It is alleged that “Iron Monkey” met with his someone around 10:00 p.m on Sunday to carry out a deal but there was a falling out in the process.

A suspect from the Carenage area has been identified by the police as the wanted man for the shooting.

The lawmen have not been able to apprehend the suspect who is very familiar to them but he is believed to have gone into hiding.

Last weekend, officers attached to Drug Squad arrested a 34 year old painter of Corinth, St. David after finding in his possession 21 pounds of Cannabis which carries a street value of $44,588.

The suspect was also found with $9,474 in cash which was confiscated by the police for investigative purposes.

Police also reported that there were 87 road accidents over the Christmas season – 61 between December 21st and December 26th and 26 from December 27th to 29th.

THE NEW TODAY spoke with Officer-in-Charge of the Community Relations Department (CRD) of RGPF, Inspector Desmond Richard on Monday, who indicated that” carelessness” and “speeding” were some of the main contributing factors for the number of accidents experienced over the period.

“Most of the accidents are either speeding or somebody is not driving with due care and attention. Persons might be drinking, some again might be on the cellular phones and so people are not paying attention to the volume of traffic on the road as we have now…”, he said.

“…In fact, just about two/three years ago we had in region of 19,000 vehicles give or take, we are about 37,000 plus now. Within that short period of time, the rapid increase in the volume of vehicle and traffic we have on the road, which at least let persons know that we need to pay more attention and be more responsible when we driving because of the volume of traffic, one, and we have more young drivers, who for some reason or other is not taking heed to the traffic regulations and rules that govern our road,” he added.

Inspector Richard believes that most of these accidents could have been avoided if proper consideration and thought are given by drivers while on the road network.

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