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Police and onlookers at the scene of the robbery in Campden Park on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2023.
Police and onlookers at the scene of the robbery in Campden Park on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2023.

An employee of a minimart in Campden Park was shot and injured during an armed robbery of the store on Saturday.

It was the second time that masked gunmen were preying on the business place, Hills Minimart, since December.

The male employee was rushed to hospital while police processed the scene.

People who assisted him after the shooting said he appeared to have been shot in each arm and also in the torso.

His condition is not known at this time.

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iWitness News was reliably informed that two masked assailants entered the store around 4 p.m. and ordered the employee onto the ground.

Other workers and patrons at the store sought refuge elsewhere in the building or outside.

They then heard gunshots ring out and the gunmen fled the scene.

iWitness News was reliably informed that one of the robbers committed an act during the robbery that could help to identify him, despite his mask.

The business place was robbed in December, about three days before a Lotto booth nearby was also robbed by gunmen who are said to have acted similarly during each of the three robberies.

The mini mart has been robbed several times during its decades of operation.

On July 30, 2010, St. Hill DaSilva, the owner of the minimart, was shot in his left leg when four masked men robbed the store of an undisclosed sum of cash, shortly after 8:15 p.m.

Saturday’s shooting was the first recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for 2024.

2023 ended with a murder just before midnight on Dec. 31 that took the homicide count to a record 55, which shattered the 42 set the previous year.

Police have classified 52 of those killings as murder, of which 43 were committed using firearms.

The police have announced a gun amnesty to run from March 1 to May 31.

3 replies on “Employee shot as gunmen rob minimart in Campden Park”

  1. Sheila Lilyton says:

    Times really that bad that they keeping robbing the same place ?? Or places what’s going on in SVG…. And never get caught never 👎 sorry for the people they shoot in stealing No Tiefing what really don’t belong to them

  2. Did this building have cameras? Well placed cameras can catch the robbers even before they get to the location. They won’t have masks on at that period, then they could be easily identified. I have no sympathy for business owners who refuse to use cameras to protect their businesses and lives.

    Why don’t the police encourage all businesses to plant cameras around and close to their businesses. They can also work with VINLEC to place cameras on the poles close to the businesses. Robbers will think twice if they know there are cameras.

    Then the court should ensure these robbers spend more than 5 years in jail for the robbery and 20 years for the carrying out the armed robbery.

  3. Here we go again by resetting the clock for 2024. Most of the crimes that are solved are petty crimes. Our chief crime fighting chief is not up to the task. The high cost of living with a very negible social safety net certainly does help.

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