Three people were in hospital Thursday night, one of them in the Intensive Care Unit, after a man who is said to have a history of mental illness injured them in what have been described as unprovoked attacks in Kingstown.
iWitness News was reliably informed that up to 10 p.m., one man was at the Intensive Care Unit at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital being treated for “serious head injuries” while another had been taken for a head scan and was being treated at the Accident and Emergency Department, and a third was being treated for an injury to the hand.
Police have confirmed that they have one suspect in custody in connection with the attacks, which occurred sometime after 6 p.m.
One of the attacks is said to have taken place at Solidarity Car Park, located across from the police headquarters. iWitness News has confirmed that another took place on Halifax Street, outside the Ministry of Transportation and Works.
A witness, who asked not to be identified, said they were in the vicinity around 6:15 p.m. when they heard “weird sounds”, like one hard object striking another twice.
When they looked in the direction of the sound, they saw one man collapsing to the ground and another “hustling” in the direction of the Ministerial Building, which houses the Post Office, carrying what appeared to be a metal rod in his hand.
The witness said they rushed over to the man who had collapsed to the ground and asked him what had happened.
The man, however, was unresponsive, and other people who responded began to speculate that he had died.
However, the witness said that they observed that the man was breathing, but seemed to be unconscious.
The witness said that some of the people who responded tried unsuccessfully to call the police headquarters, located two blocks over on the other side of the city.
One person was able to reach by telephone a police officer who they knew was assigned to duty in a nearby area of the city and told the officer about the assailant.
The officer, however, responded, saying that he had not seen anyone fitting the description.
Meanwhile, the man who had been attacked began to come to, and began to bleed profusely from his nose, eyes, mouth and ears, the witness said.
People who had gathered tried to stop passing vehicles to assist in transporting the injured man to the hospital.
The police responded around 6:40 p.m. and took the man to the hospital.
The witness said that the police response might have been delayed by confusion over the area where the attack had actually taken place, as officers were responding to multiple reports of a similar nature.