One person is reported dead and two others injured as a result of a shooting incident at Marchand.
The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. near Ti J’s Ultramart, according to information.
Marchand residents who spoke to St Lucia Times on condition of anonymity, said a lone teenage gunman on foot pulled a pistol from his waist and opened fire at another youth, wounding the victim in the process.
They said stray bullets hit a girl, said to be about 15 years old.
A law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that the young female was hit in the chest.
Other bullets are reported to have penetrated the wooden walls of a house in which a senior citizen who is well known in the area lived, killing him instantly.
“The wood of that house was rotten, so what you expect?” A concerned resident said.
Thee gunman fled the scene after the shooting, the residents said.
Castries East MP, Philip J. Pierre, contacted by St Lucia Times, said he had been informed about the latest outbreak of gun violence.
“I was informed of this tragic incident a few minutes ago,” Pierre, who is also leader of the opposition, said.
He extended his deepest sympathy to the relatives of the deceased.
Pierre told St Lucia Times he was very sad and perturbed at such events, which lead to further stigmatisation of the area.
“I am really at a loss for words at the brazenness of such actions,” the Castries East MP said.
He said it appeared that the deceased was not involved in any issues.
“I can only hope, as I have said before, that we can find better ways to resolve our conflicts and that has to come from all sections of the society,” Pierre stated.
He expressed the hope that good sense would prevail and the rule of law and justice will be effected.
Saint Lucia has so far recorded 43 homicides for the year.