Man killed at St Lucia PM's constituency office

CASTRIES, St Lucia, Friday September 17, 2010 – Police in St Lucia are searching for the gunman who went into the constituency office of Prime Minister Stephenson King earlier today and killed a man who apparently went to ask for a job.

Prime Minister King was not hurt in the shooting which took place sometime after noon, as he was meeting with some of his Castries North East constituents.

According to reports, the 30-year-old victim had apparently been released from jail recently. He was sitting on the balcony of the constituency office, waiting to go in and see the Prime Minister, when the shooter showed up and discharged a firearm. 

The shot man slumped to the ground and his assailant fled the scene in a waiting vehicle, eyewitnesses said.

At the time of the shooting, King was accompanied by one member of his security detail. According to National Security Minister Guy Mayers, the officer first ascertained that the Prime Minister was safe and by the time he had done so, the shooter was already gone.

Speaking at a press conference at his official residence shortly after the incident,

Prime Minister King said the incident brought to the fore, the serious challenges facing the country.

“It is a situation which speaks very strongly that none of us in this country is safe and there is a need for each one of us to take control of the existing situation,” he said.

“It is one that calls for a collective response in dealing with the current environment which we all are in. It is one that calls for mothers and fathers to rethink their roles and take control of their children. It is one that calls for each and every citizen to take responsibility for what has been perpetuated over the years and propagated for some time now. The time has come to continue our endeavour to bring this country back to the level of peace and tranquility that once existed here in St Lucia,” King added.

He said he had confidence that the police was doing their best and will take control of the crime situation in the country.

“What we need is a really a true commitment on the part of all and an understanding that be it the Prime Minister, be it the leader of the opposition, be it parliamentarian, be it any ordinary citizen, we are certainly not protected from crime,” the Prime Minister said. 

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