BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - CHARGES have since been laid against the individual who was taken into police custody in connection with Sunday’s (Mar. 15) shooting near the Basseterre Police Station.
The individual, identified as Alexander Samuel of Conaree Village, was charged for the offences of Discharging a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place, Possession of Firearm, Possession of Ammunition and Possession of Firearm with Intent to Endanger Life.
On Sunday, shortly after 7:00a.m., gunshots rang out in the Basseterre area near the Police Station, which also houses the Police Headquarters.
Lawmen in a press statement on the incident said a motorcyclist fired several gunshots along the stretch of Cayon Street leading up to the Queen Victoria Roundabout. He managed to escape.
No one was injured in the incident; while photos from the scene showed the area in front of the Basseterre Police Station cordoned off as the police carried out their investigations retrieving evidence.
Assistant Commissioner of Police with Responsibility for Crime Directorate, Andre Mitchell commended the officers for the response in apprehending the suspect.
“On behalf of the High Command, I would like to commend the Officers who responded in quick time to the incident. As a result of their hard and meticulous work, I am pleased to report that on that same day, we were able to locate and take into custody the suspect, as well as the firearm and motorcycle that were used to carry out the incident,” explained Mitchell.
He reiterated that the police will not tolerate any act of violence.
“The mere fact that this individual was brazen enough to conduct himself in this way in the vicinity of a Police Station shows a lack of respect for the law, law enforcement personnel and society. The High Command condemns this irresponsible and disrespectful act. During this period when the Federation is experiencing decreased levels in violent crimes and a renewed sense of peace, we want to send a strong message to the perpetrators of crime that any disruption to the peace will be stamped out. We also denounce the circulation of rumours that the Police Station was attacked. This was never the case. While we understand that the matter is deeply troubling, peddling such false information never serves any useful purpose and only creates hysteria among the public,” added Mitchell.
The ACP used the statement to urge citizens and residents to say something if they see or hear something, since the information given “could very well be the information we need to stop criminal activity in its tracks or to take a criminal off the street”.