CaribWorldNews, CASTRIES, St Lucia, Sat. Sept. 18, 2010: A 30-year-old man was murdered in a brazen day time shooting that occurred in the constituency office of St. Lucia Prime Minister Stephenson King as the head of state was inside.
King Friday condemned the murder of the man, whose name was not released. Reports are that the man was recently released from jail and was sitting on the balcony of the constituency office, waiting to go in and see the Prime Minister, when a 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. Police are still searching for the unidentified gunman who eyewitnesses said escaped in a waiting motor vehicle.
PM King was inside his Castries North East constituency office in La Clery, when the murder took place. He was not harmed and was never in danger his office said.
The PM commented after that the incident `brings to the fore the serious challenges we are faced as a country, as a government and as a people.`
`It is unfortunate, that particular incident, it certainly brings to the fore, the serious challenges that we are faced as a country, as a government and a as a people,` the Prime Minister said in a prepared statement from his official residence swarming with heavily armed police.
He said it was a `situation that 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.`
But PM King said that while he is confident that the police would be able to bring the crime situation under control, they needed the support of the public.
`It is one that calls for a collective response in dealing with the current environment in which we all are in. It is one that calls for mothers and fathers to rethink their roles and to take control of their children. It is one that calls for each and every single citizen to take responsibility for what has been perpetuated over the years and propagated for some time now,` he added.