On Thursday, Ian Harrigan, who lives in the United States, received the shocking news that a stray bullet hit his father, Joseph Harrigan, during a drive-by shooting in Marc, Bexon.
Ian recalled that after hearing the disturbing news from his cousin, he quickly booked a flight to Saint Lucia on Friday afternoon.
He said he went to the hospital, where he saw his father on a bed.
Ian told St Lucia Times the doctor disclosed that the bullet had ruptured his father’s internal organs.
As a result, the older man was bleeding internally, and his blood pressure was very low.
Ian said the medical staff were trying to stop the internal bleeding.
But he disclosed that the family got a call from the hospital asking the family to come in on Saturday.
“When we arrived, that told us he was not going to make it,” the distraught son told St Lucia Times.
Joseph Harrigan eventually succumbed.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation – the wrong place at the wrong time,” the deceased’s son declared.
He expressed concern over what he described as the ‘senseless shooting’ in Saint Lucia, where innocent people are getting hurt or killed.
“My dad just turned eighty in January of this year. We just had a nice 80th birthday party for him,” Ian observed.
The son said it was shocking and sad that after celebrating with the older man, he had returned home to bury him.
Ian described his deceased father as well-known in the community and an individual whom people would greatly miss.
“He was the bush doctor in the community. He was a father to everybody,” he noted.
Joseph Harrigan was one of three men injured in the drive-by shooting at Marc, Bexon, on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
According to the police, private transportation conveyed the men to the hospital.
And officers have urged anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact the nearest police station, the Criminal Investigations Department at 456-3770, 456-3817, or the Crime Hotline at 555 for anonymous reporting.
IT’S SO UNFORTUNATE and very sad that these things keep happening to inosent people
How many more?
LIKE I SAID HANG THEM, IS ANYONE LISTENING.
My condolences to the family and friends of the deceased . This man was a hard worker. He worked in times bananas was our main industry. Very peaceful man . Also remember when he lost his son and a very good friend at sea . The two set out to sea and never returned. Rest in peace mr harrigan .
Fellas, man stop that gun games . Watch how you killed an elderly person. The man was enjoying his golden days . Just want to ask why ???? Can you sleep now ? I wonder .
The fellers need to be taken outside for a good beating . Have them to help the step ppl clean the gutters.
Have no fear, Mr. Harrigan is in a place most of us are longing to be – he is in the hands of the Lord.
The Nation is paying a shameful price, because the evil one was sent (unawares to you) thus spreading demons that – ‘steal, kill and destroy’ – whatever good done and intending do, on this once blessed Island of ours.
The time for great progress was marked out for St. Lucia, and we all enjoyed it watching St. Lucia grow with Hotels and new Hospitals and a few small industries here and there. Here in this world we are still ‘human’ subjected to creed, envy, jealousy, hatred, racism and a humber of negative human failings; what we have been facing lately is the result of all of these negativisms; will it ever come to an end, will it continue or will it get worse? it is up to us; take a look at this Government, question – is there corruption or is it clean – look at every institution, look at our Churches are they doing enough? why do men seek after secret societies and why secret, what do they have to hide?
‘The evil that men do, lives after them’ – seek God not evil, seek good over evil; stop the killing, it only hasten the pending doom to come.