Emma Hippolyte clears the air after Pigeon Island shooting

Former Gros Islet MP, Emma Hippolyte, has been clearing the air on the shooting incident at Pigeon Island.

Hippolyte’s  relative  was among two men who were wounded when gunmen opened fire on them.

Another man, identified as twenty-two year old Matado Len Winters of Balata, died as a result of the shooting.

The three men are reported to have been in a blue Nissan vehicle belonging to Hippolyte when the assailants opened fire.

Speaking to the Times, the former Minister of Commerce recalled that Saturday was her nephew’s birthday.

Hippolyte told the Times that she loaned the nephew her vehicle.

She explained that the nephew left her home at about 7:30 pm with her cousin.

“Apparently they picked up their friends and went to a barbecue that was at Pigeon Point,” Hippolyte told the Times.

He said it appears that two individuals were sitting at the back of the vehicle.

Hippolyte said she was told that they were her cousin and another young man.

“My cousin informed me that he was playing with his play station and he sort of saw a shadow over his play station and when he lifted up his head, somebody with a rag across their face or something was pointing something at him,” she disclosed.

The former Minister said the vehicle was shot at.

She said her cousin got injured in the arm, while a young man succumbed.

“As far as I know it was my nephew’s birthday and we gave him the vehicle to go out with his friends,” Hippolyte explained, adding that as far as she is aware, he was not involved in anything other than that.

She said that her cousin who was shot in the incident had the bullet removed from his body.

Hippolyte told the Times that the bullet went through his arm and became lodged in his shoulder.

The former Minister expressed condolences to the family of the young man who was killed in the incident.

She also expressed gratitude to all persons who called to express their concern.

Hippolyte lamented that Saint Lucia is losing its young men.

“We need to understand what is causing the anger among our young people,” she declared.



  1. Anonymous
    October 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Lack of jobs Emma lack of jobs simple as abc idle hands do the devils work

  2. Redz
    October 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Is it cousin or nephew. Please clarify. Conflicting information.

  3. Anonymous
    October 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Her nephew was driving and he was accompanied by her cousin and another young man. Read carefully.

    1. Anonymous
      October 11, 2016 at 1:04 am

      I don’t understand y they can’t read to understand

  4. Anonymous
    October 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    no different nephew or cousin they had no business being down at lake drunken doin pot stay home go to work and go home.stop hanger out at midnight Grammy had no business loan truck out that late just thinking if she says no to nephew he would still be here today.

    1. Anonymous
      October 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      is that comment even relevant???? the guys are young, stop judging and do you…upset much

  5. Anonymous
    October 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    some lucians are so heartless. thats your best comment knowing a young man just lost his life there unexpectedly only because he was out with some friends enjoying themselves???????? just sit behind ur laptops or whatever it is you have and judge ppl

  6. Anonymous
    October 11, 2016 at 8:21 am

    According to the article:

    “We need to understand what is causing the anger among our young people,” she declared.

    Ms. Hippolyte, perhaps, now that you are a former MP and your large taxpayer-funded salary and benefits and allowances have evaporated, is this you angling to be appointed to lead a Parliamentary Committee to understand what is causing the anger?

    Perhaps you can chair the Committee for 4 years of fact-finding and conclude that more study is required, that is, status quo and more fattening og politicians’ pockets. How unfortunate that your comments dismiss the citizens of St. Lucia as being in the dark as you pretend to be., Ms. Hippolyte

    With all due respect, you know the answer. Please donn’t show such disrespect and hide in such a pathetic varnish of clearly placation and varnishing of what everyone knows is the cause.

    What did you, yes you, do that was documented that accomplishished ANY tangible results as an elected official in advancing the safety, security, education, training, job prospects, or foreign direct investment in St. Lucia.


    If you did, please let us, the great unwashed, know what you did that was documented and results-based.

    Further, what are you going to do to show leadership in helping to engage the new govenment in making a difference.

    How about starting with hosting a community meeting in a community centre, use your profile for good to get community members together with our elected officials to start making a difference.

    It is time for you to step up, Ms. Hippolyte.

    All glory to God, cod is great.

  7. Anonymous
    October 11, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Since when people shooting people just so……I don’t buy the cover up story.