BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - DETAILS of last evening’s (Feb. 9) shooting incident have now come to light, and it appears that the two young men escaped with non-life threatening injuries.
Police identified the two young men as 21-year-old Beijhan Nias and 23-year-old Tyreke Frazer, both of whom reside in Stone Fort, Challengers.
According to details, at around 8:00 p.m. the young men were at the Heights Bar in Stone Fort, Challengers when they heard the sound of gunshots being fired and they ran.
Police said Nias received multiple gunshot wounds about the lower parts of his body, and Frazer received a gunshot wound to his leg. Both men were transported to the JNF General Hospital via private vehicle and are warded in a stable condition.
Personnel from the Forensic Department had processed the scene and collected a number of items of evidential value.
As investigations continue, the police are urging members of the public who might have information regarding this matter to contact the Violent Crime Unit by dialling 467-1887, 467-1888, 662-3468, the nearest police station or the Crime Hotline at 707, where such could be given anonymously.
This latest incident comes against the backdrop where the Federation reported an increase in the number of homicides in 2021 when compared with that of 2020.
For last year, the Federation reported 13 homicides while 10 were documented for 2020, and it is alarming for the police as ghe Commissioner of Police, Hilroy Brandy, recently lamented the harsh reality that 80 percent of homicides over the last decade was carried out by guns.
While providing a breakdown of the number of homicides over that period, the Top Cop revealed that there were 21 on average every year.
Of those 21 on average, 17 were committed by firearms, but that number did not include the level of wounding and other forms of violence involving the use of guns.