One of the gunmen involved in Friday night’s fatal shooting of a shop owner at Sarrot kept demanding more money, even after a female who was on duty at the establishment handed over all the cash she had, an individual familiar with the incident says.
Police have identified the deceased shop owner as Robertson Citolene, 45.
They say he was shot multiple times.
According to reports from the community, Citolene was outside his shop picking up bottles while his girlfriend was inside packing up the shelves, preparing to close their business place and head home, when at least two gunmen opened fire at him, took a bag he had and also a telephone and his wallet.
The victim was later pronounced dead at hospital.
As Citolene lay in a gutter outside, one of the assailants is reported to have held the girlfriend at gunpoint behind the bar counter and demanded cash.
But even after she gave the intruder all she had, he kept on demanding more while threatening to kill the woman, an individual familiar with the incident told St Lucia Times.
The gunman took the money, estimated at some $600, the woman’s bag, a jar of cigarettes, a ‘boom box’, the woman’s telephone and another bag containing documents before fleeing.
Persons from the community converged on the business establishment after the gunshots shattered the relative quiet of the night, followed by the girlfriend’s screams.
The deceased was described as one who loved to make other people happy and fun to be around.
Relatives say the fatal shooting is hard to deal with.
Police are investigating the fatal shooting, but say they have not yet arrested any suspects.
Headline photo: Robertson Citolene – Fatally shot