Upsurge in gun violence: one more dead

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines has seen a recent upsurge in gun-related activities with the deaths of two individuals and a public shootout at near a club, all occurring in less than a week.

One News SVG understands that early Wednesday morning (December 9), Colmore Edwards was shot and killed in the Central Kingstown community of Redemption Sharpes.

A police investigation is expected to be launched on the matter.

Meanwhile, Police have launched three separate investigations into two separate shooting incidents and the discovery of a decomposed body.

According to an official police report, about 3:50 am on December 5, 2020, a group of three (3) individuals (two males and one female) left a popular night club in Arnos Vale and were heading towards a motor vehicle that was parked inside the yard of the night club. While walking towards the vehicle, an unknown assailant approached the group and fired several shots at them. The three individuals sustained gunshot injuries about their bodies. The victims are in stable condition. The motive for the shootings is unknown.

Then, at about 7:50 pm on December 5, 2020, Malachi Cyrus, 21 years Data Entry Clerk of Largo Height was sitting on a wall in Largo Height among a group of persons when a masked gunman appeared and shot Cyrus. He was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) where he succumbed to his injuries.

Cyrus’ death marks the 30th homicide recorded for 2020. A postmortem examination will be conducted on the body to ascertain the exact cause of death.

One suspect is in police custody assisting with the investigations.

In a separate incident, Police at the Biabou Police Station have launched an investigation into the death of Ron Maloney, 50 years Carpenter of Cedars. On December 6, 2020, about midday, Maloney’s partially decomposed body was found hanging from the ceiling of his living room at his home in Cedars. On December 6, 2020, an acquaintance of the deceased visited him and found the doors and windows of the house locked but; a foul odour was coming from inside of the house. The Biabou police were alerted and later visited the scene. The police forced open the house door and discovered the body hanging from the ceiling by a rope.

Maloney was last seen alive on December 4, 2020.

A post mortem examination will be conducted on the body to ascertain the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information that can assist with these investigations are asked to contact the Divisional Commander of the South Central Division at telephone number 784-458-4200, the Assistant Commissioner in-charge crimes at 784-456-1339 or; any police officer that they are comfortable with. Your information would be treated confidentially.

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