The show goes on Saturday as scheduled at the Suarez Brothers Circus in Castries, despite an armed robbery that left the Mexican Manager and founder and a Mexican employee nursing gunshot wounds, it has been announced.
Enrique Suarez, believed to be in his fifties, and Denis Gonsalez, 28, were shot by bandits Friday afternoon about 3.20 pm.
The bandits, one armed with a handgun and the other with a knife, pulled up in a Suzuki Swift and demanded that a pouch be handed over, according to an eyewitness.
The eyewitness said the gunman opened fire when he encountered some resistance and started firing indiscriminately when workers at the site of the circus at Malabar Beach tried to intervene.
Suarz, and Gonsalez, were in stable condition in hospital nursing gunshot wounds to the their lower body, a circus spokesman told St Lucia Times.
According to the spokesman, the circus goes on with tickets for the show available from Friday evening until 10.00 pm.
He told St Lucia Times that tickets will also go on sale Saturday from 10.00 am in advance of the opening in the evening.
The Suarez Brothers Circus, founded in 1872, is into its sixth generation.
It features acrobats, magicians, aerial acts, clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists and dancers – among other attractions.
Performers are from various countries including Mexico, Russia, the United States Colombia, Argentina, Ukraine and Ethiopia.