One man is dead and four people, including a child, were injured Tuesday afternoon on Peynier Street, Castries, a senior law enforcement official has confirmed.
The law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that the deceased, whom he did not identify, is known to the police.
The incident occurred about 4:00 PM, according to reports.
An eyewitness told St Lucia Times that at least one masked gunman appeared and started firing indiscriminately, causing people to flee in panic.
“This is crazy. He had two guns,” the eyewitness reported.
The individual could not say whether it appeared that the shooter had a specific target in mind.
However it is reported that police officers who were on patrol started running towards the direction from which the gunfire came and one of the officers shot the gunman.
He is said to have been wounded in the leg.
There is currently a heavy police presence in the area and rush hour traffic in the City is backed up, St Lucia Times was informed.
According to one report, at least 16 shots were fired by the gunman.
However law enforcement officials who are investigating the matter could not say immediately whether more than one shooter was involved.
More details later.