Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has described crime as a ‘high priority’ for the state, on the heels of a spike in gun crime.
Hours before Chastanet spoke to reporters Tuesday, a woman identified as Cecilia Louis was gunned down at Monchy, Gros Islet on Monday night.
Law enforcement officials disclosed that she was walking home at the time and was shot multiple times in the back.
Saint Lucia has so far chalked up 26 homicides for the year.
They include the recent shooting death of Dexter Felix Jr, a police officer’s son, and Dexter’s cousin, Francis Altenor alias ‘Tiny’.
The shooting occurred at Sarrot.
Prior to the Sarrot homicides, Marchand resident Annela Wilson, 22, was shot multiple times in the head at Pigeon Island and died on the spot.
A male, Hubert Kerry John, who was with her, sustained gunshot wounds and was treated in hospital.
“It’s not a good situation but I’ve been speaking to the Commissioner of Police. Clearly we have seen some form of revenge crime that’s been taking place and they’re on top of it,” Prime Minister Chastanet told reporters.
He explained that a lot of additional resources have been brought into play.
“I can say to you on a weekly basis I meet with the police department and this is of high priority to the state and will continue to be of high priority,” Chastanet explained.
The Prime Minister did not rule out the possibility of reintroducing a curfew if necessary.
In the past he has indicated that the measure has assisted the police in their battle against crime.
“We have learned a lot during COVID. We learned how the curfew can be used and whereas people may not be interested in hearing about the zones, they also helped the police officers significantly in the area of crime,” the PM asserted.
“We now know it can work and if it’s something that we have to do, this government will look at re-implementing a curfew if it is necessary,” he told reporters.