Saint Lucia’s Consulate General in Martinique has denied that a shootout occurred in Saint Lucia at a beach party.
“There is a disturbing video that is currently circulating via social media concerning an alleged beach shootout which took place in St Lucia over the weekend and which claimed the lives of several persons,” the Consulate said on its official Facebook page.
“The Consulate would like to make it categorically clear that the alleged incident did not take place in St Lucia and that St Lucia remains a safe destination for visitors,” according to the Facebook post on Friday.
Martinique 1ere reported on Monday that a viral video has been circulating for several days on social networks about a shooting that, contrary to misinformation, took place in St. Croix, and not Saint Lucia.
The Martinique publication said the shooting took place on July 28, 2019 about 9.30 pm, during a demonstration called Floattopia , near Fort Frederik Beach, in Saint Croix in the US Virgin Islands.
These shots left six people injured, Martinique 1ere said.
News reports from the USVI indicated that multiple gunshots rang out from several directions as a local entertainer was performing, sending people running for cover.
Some persons were trampled in the pandemonium that ensued, while others sustained gunshot injuries and were transported to hospital by private vehicles, it was reported.
In recent time there has been an upsurge in the spreading of fake news, with users of social media being eager to forward information without questioning the source or verifying that it is true.
Some countries have as a result, passed laws against the practice.