A cocaine transaction that turned sour has been blamed for a May 15 shootout in Martinique that left two men dead and another nursing injury in the hospital.
When the story broke, the online publication RCI.FM identified the two deceased as a Saint Lucian national and a Martiniquan.
The publication reported that the third man who was hospitalised with gunshot injury is also a Saint Lucian.
Police have since arrested him and two other suspects.
Investigators said they recovered two 9mm weapons, an AR15 semi-automatic rifle, cocaine, and cash at the scene of the gun violence in the capital, Fort de France.
A press release from public prosecutor Clarisse Taron disclosed that preliminary investigations indicated that the deadly gun violence erupted during a cocaine transaction involving two buyers and two sellers of the drug, all of whom had weapons.
The release said the buyers robbed the sellers, resulting in a heavy gunfire exchange that killed one man on each side and caused injury to one of the buyers.
The three individuals arrested by the police in connection with the deadly gun violence appeared before a magistrate on May 19 on charges including murder and drug trafficking.
The men are currently in prison.
Since the beginning of the year, Martinique has recorded ten homicides, 8 involving the use of firearms.
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