The 74-year-old man who was murdered as he walked home around 10:40 p.m. in Arnos Vale Friday night had a wallet containing hundreds of dollars, which his killer left behind.
The deceased man, Charles Mc Intosh, was also not a witness in a court matter as had been rumoured, iWitness News has verified with multiple sources.
This leaves further questions about why the senior citizen was gunned down, becoming the country’s 41st homicide victim this year.
Mc Intosh was the third person to be shot and killed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) last week.
Police said on Saturday that Mc Intosh was a supervisor at the SOL Gas Station in Arnos Vale.
After the station closed, he was walking along the Arnos Vale Public Road towards his home, which is close by.
“On reaching his driveway, an unknown assailant exited from a car and shot him about his body. McIntosh was pronounced dead at the scene by the district medical officer,” the police statement said.
iWitness News understands that Mc Intosh was shot multiple times in the back.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves — who is just over two years older than McIntosh –described the murder victim as “a very gentle and loving human being”.
Gonsalves, who is also minister of national security, said he had spoken about the investigation with acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Trevor “Buju” Bailey, who was on Saturday appointed to that post and given overall responsibility for crime fighting in SVG.
With Mc Intosh’s death, the homicide count in SVG is now just one shy of the record-setting 42 last year.
People have taken to social media to express condolences to the family of Mc Intosh, who was the husband of Doris Mc Intosh, a retired public servant and former netball administrator.
Police are asking anyone with information that can assist with this to call 999 or 911 or the officer in charge of South Central Division at 1-784-458-4200 or any police station or police officer you are comfortable speaking with.
“All information received would be treated confidentially. Investigations into the matter are ongoing,” police said.