A Cuba-born Vincentian nurse is dead and her husband is in police custody after a shooting incident, Thursday afternoon, at a secondary school in Kingstown where one of their sons is a student.
Dead is Arianna Taylor-Israel who succumbed to a gunshot, reportedly fired by her husband, Mitch Israel, at St. Martin’s Secondary School (SMSS).
A well-placed law enforcement source told iWitness News that officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, in Kingstown, responded to a call, Thursday afternoon, that a woman had been shot at SMSS at Kingstown Park.
When detectives arrived, the woman had already been taken to hospital.
Witnesses told police that a male assailant had shot the woman then fled the scene in motor vehicle P1123.
The woman is said to have died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital – where she worked — and had been taken for medical attention.
Sources say that police have launched an investigation into what is being considered the first homicide in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for 2020.
Taylor-Israel was among the first set of nurses to arrive in SVG amidst a shortage of nurses when the Unity Labour Party came to office — in 2001.
Mitch and Arianna had been married for some 15 years and had two boys, the older of whom is a student at SMSS.
Arianna is said to have gone to the school to pick up her son when the shooting occurred.
Mitch is the brother of Ronald Israel, then 47, who, along with Ronald’s mother, Avis Israel, a 75-year-old retired nurse, was bludgeoned to death at their home in Dasent Cottage in November 2016.
The duo died in a killing spree allegedly embarked upon by Jurani Baptiste, then 18, of Old Sandy Bay, who is said to have a history of mental illness.
Baptiste is awaiting trial in connection with those killings.