The National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has said some victims from the recent upsurge in gun violence in Marchand are “troublesome individuals” who are known to the police.
Senator Francis blamed the violence on “reprisals” saying that rival gangs were fighting each other.
Residents say young men from the neighbourhoods of Boulevard, Black Mallet and Arundell Hill, all within the Marchand community, are at war over a scooter.
The crime surge has left at least one person dead and a number of others nursing gunshot wounds.
The National Security Minister said the police was working “very hard” to deal with the situation but needed support from the public.
“What we need from the public is the public assistance. We need the support, the information,” he said. “You need not do the information overtly but you can find a friend, somebody who can pass the information to the police without compromising yourself. If that is done, I think the police will have this situation under hand very quickly.”
Francis said law enforcement was considering all options to deal with the gang violence, including the possible imposition of a curfew.