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St Lucia town hit by gang violence

Regional 14 Mar, 2023 Follow News

Vieux Fort has an alarming gang problem

The St Lucia government Friday announced the closure of schools in the southern town of Vieux Fort after three people were shot and killed and a nine-year-old boy injured as a result of gun violence.

The Ministry of Education stated “the current unstable environment” in Vieux Fort in announcing the closure of five schools in the area.

It said that the decision follows discussions with the Royal St Lucia Police Force and apologised for any inconvenience caused. Parents and guardians were advised to make all necessary arrangements to keep themselves and their children safe.

The authorities said that two men, identified only as ‘Brico’ and ‘Dylan’ were shot and killed on Thursday afternoon at the fisheries complex. A woman was also shot and killed at the complex. Police said that the boy sustained injuries from the fisheries complex shooting.

The latest gun violence upsurge in Vieux Fort has been linked to continuing rival gang activity and media reports say residents are bracing for more violence. St Lucia recorded 74 murders last year.

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