An unidentified youth is dead and a 28-year old male is hospitalised following a confrontation with Saint Lucia police Wednesday night after ten, according to multiple sources.
A firearm was recovered, it was reported.
A law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that the deceased is from La Clery.
Another male, aged 19, is in police custody, it has been reported.
Multiple sources report hearing the sound of heavy gunfire near the junction of Chaussee and La Pansee Roads.
A video of police vehicles and armed law enforcement officials was posted on social media.
Emergency officials told St Lucia Times that the 17 year old male succumbed to his injuries on the scene while the other male was transported to Victoria Hospital with a wound to the pelvic area.
The injured man is said to be a resident of Bois Patat, Castries.
A law enforcement source told St Lucia Times that the 19 year old who is in custody is the brother of the injured man.
A resident of the area who spoke to St Lucia Times on condition of anonymity said she was awakened by the sound of a number of gunshots.
“I heard the sound of gunfire – several shots; like more than twenty shots rang out so when I looked, I saw the back of a white car in the mouth of the La Pansee Road. Then I saw the police doing their usual – taking up clues on the scene and stuff,” she stated.
The woman told St Lucia Times that she saw an ambulance on the scene that transported one of the injured.
“A hearse came to pick up a dead man and that was about it,” she disclosed, adding that a number of people from the area rushed out of their houses to see what was happening.
According to information obtained by St Lucia Times the police, acting on a tip off, began tailing a white vehicle in which there were several male occupants.
It is reported that there was an exchange of gunfire when the vehicle reached the junction of Chaussee Road and La Pansee, resulting on the death of the young male, injury to the 28-year old and the arrest of the 19 year old.
Saint Lucia has seen a sharp spike in gun violence in recent time, the most recent involving the discovery of a bullet riddled body at Anse La Raye Wednesday night.
The deceased male is yet to be identified.