BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Wednesday March 15, 2017 – No one has yet been charged – and no possible motive revealed by police – after gunmen carried out an attack at the home of Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards last Friday morning.
While media reports indicated that police had picked up several people for questioning, they were released and investigations into the incident are still continuing.
According to police, they received a report around 3:15 a.m. of gunfire at Richards’ Sandy Point residence. While the deputy PM and family escaped injury when the house was shot at, the house and his vehicle were damaged.
Superintendent Lionel Moore described the incident as “rather troubling” and urged anyone with information to share it with police, either by anonymously calling any station or Crime Stoppers, or by using the SKN Crime Reporter App.
In a strong statement, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris condemned the shooting and vowed that the perpetrators would be hunted down.
“The security forces have been mobilized to deal with this latest dastardly act to undermine safety and security in the country, as they continue to do their best to maintain law and order for all citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said.
Harris also expressed relief that the Richards and his family were physically unharmed, and assured that the family had the nation’s support.
Stressing that government is determined more than ever to crack down on crime, the Prime Minister appealed to residents to play their part to help stamp out the problem.
“The Government wishes to reassure all that it will not be deterred in the fight against crime and will continue to fully support the security forces in the protection of all the citizens and residents,” he said.
“Persons are encouraged to cooperate with the police if they have any information on the incident.”
Richards told local radio station WINN FM that he and his family were doing fine despite the traumatic incident. He thanked all who expressed concern for their safety and said he would leave the matter in the hands of God and the police.
He also issued a statement expressing confidence that law enforcement agencies would “handle the matter through to its logical conclusion within the limits of the law”.
Richards added that the incident would not prevent him or his family from going about their normal routines.