Two shootings over the weekend left one man dead and another wounded, police said.
Vicardo “Scar” Farrell, a 33-year-old resident of Major Bay, was shot early Saturday morning in the Manchester area, and he subsequently died from his injuries, according to the Police Information Office.
Officers responded to the scene after receiving a report of shots fired in the area just after midnight, the PIO stated.
Mr. Farrell was previously charged with the 2016 murder of Devern “Snoopy” Stanley, but he was set free after a High Court judge ruled last November that there was insufficient evidence against him.
Another man was shot shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday in Long Bush, police said.
He was taken to the hospital for treatment and was in stable condition as of Monday, according to the PIO.
The PIO also stated Monday that the Major Crime Team had not yet linked the two incidents over the weekend.
Police, who have been tight-lipped about recent killings, did not provide further details.
4th deadly shooting
The shooting death is the territory’s fourth this year, according to police.
On the afternoon of Feb. 6, Yan Edwards, who himself was facing a murder charge for a 2011 killing, succumbed to gunshot wounds he sustained at Parham Town in East End. Two people have been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the ongoing investigation into the incident, but no murder charges have been announced.
Less than a week after Mr. Edwards was killed, St. Vincent and the Grenadines native Jahkeem Christopher was shot to death on Feb. 12 near the House of Assembly building in Road Town, police said.
In connection with Mr. Christopher’s death, Greenland resident Hasani Frett was charged with murder, inflicting grievous bodily harm, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, police said.
On April 30, Kemo Lettsome, 37, of Long Look, was fatally wounded in a shooting at a Long Look residence near The Stickett, police said. No arrests have been announced.
Asking for help
Police Commissioner Mark Collins asked for the community to help remove firearms from the territory’s streets.
“We are all at risk of injury or death in these premediated acts of violence,” he said. “Do not keep the secrets of these perpetrators. If they fear exposure, they will stop. Help us to restore a sense of calm and peace in our communities.”
To report information anonymously, call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477 (TIPS) locally or 1-284-800-8477 from overseas.
The police Intelligence Unit can also be reached at 368-9339.