The shooting death of a man in Villa Monday night has brought the murder toll in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year to 34.
The country has registered, on average, one murder per day over the last week or so, four of which were committed last week Sunday night, allegedly by a mentally ill man.
The latest victim is Fair Hall resident Allonzo “Crackie” Kydd, who was sprayed with bullets in Villa Monday night around 9:35.
Police received a call that there was a shooting in the Villa area and when they responded, the Fair Hall resident was met dead with multiple gunshot wounds about his body.
Reports say that upwards of 10 bullets were fired at Kydd.
His shooting death follows those of Buccament Bay shopkeeper Edgar Reid, 59, who was shot in the head last week Wednesday night in what police said was a robbery, and Paul Avenue resident Sean Dopwell who was pronounced dead the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital after being shot after a football match at the nearby Victoria Park last week Tuesday night.
Just two night before that, Nicolas Layne, 36, of Edinboro, was clobbered and stabbed to death in Campden Park; Avis Israel, a 75-year-old retired nurse and her 47-year-old son, Ronald Israel, were also beaten to death at their home in Dasent Cottage, and 59-year-old Pamela Williams died after being stabbed and a concrete brick dropped on her head inside a bedroom of her Kingstown Park house.
Police say that Jurani Baptiste, an 18-year-old man with a history of mental illness who was caught at Williams’ house, is the suspect in those four killings.