While some Vincentians have noted that killing sprees also occur in other parts of the world, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says they should not occur in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Gonsalves comments came weeks after the deaths of four persons on the night of Nov. 13, reportedly killed by 18-year-old Sandy Bay resident, Jurani Baptiste, who has a history of mental illness.
The Prime Minister, who is also a lawyer, told the media that he could not comment on the incident because the judicial system will have to take its course.
“But, obviously, there are issues which involve mental health, community activity, parenting, policing, the judicial system. Was the ball dropped by one or more persons along the way and there is an analysis being done in that regard from a policy standpoint,” he said.
The prime minister said that persons tell him that in the United States, Canada, France, and other places people go about on these killing sprees.
“I say, yes, that’s true but it is not supposed to happen here and we don’t want it is to happen here and that is why we have to analyse it in great detail and learn where we have had– where any person or persons dropped the ball.
“Now, there is always a scope for blame, throwing of blame — one side says it’s that person another side says it’s that person; this system failed, that system failed. I don’t have that luxury of finger-pointing like that. I have to be very dispassionate in the analysis and get all the information,” said Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security.