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Two Mexican nationals were rushed to hospital Friday afternoon after being shot in an armed robbery in Castries, eyewitnesses say.
The non-nationals were here in connection with the circus that was expected to open Saturday, it was reported.
The originally scheduled opening date was Friday, but it was reported that the organisers encountered some issues with shipping all their equipment here on time.
The shooting occurred near the site at Malabar Beach.
“I realised that a Suzuki Swift pulled up and went to one of the Mexicans and requested his pouch. When he refused the guys puled out a handgun and a knife and gave him one shot, grabbed his pouch and gave him another shot,” an eyewitness told St Lucia Times.
The eyewitness recalled that when the rest of the workers at the site intervened, the gunman started firing at them indiscriminately.
He disclosed that two wounded individuals were transported to Victoria Hospital via private vehicle.
According to the eyewitness, it was an actual robbery because a pouch was taken.
He disclosed that there was not much cash in the pouch – between $500 to $1000.
“It’s an unfortunate incident for foreigners to experience,” the eyewitness stated.
He explained that the incident occurred about 3.20 pm.
Police are investigating.