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Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Blook 2000 on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Inset: the deceased, Eyon Browne, in an undated social media photo.
Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Blook 2000 on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Inset: the deceased, Eyon Browne, in an undated social media photo.

A man was gunned down in Block 2000 around 6:40 a.m. on Monday.

The death of Eyon Browne, 45, brought to six the number of people killed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) this year.

iWitness News was reliably informed that police responded to a report about gunfire in the Central Kingstown village around 6:40 a.m.

On arrival, officers met Browne lying in the street.

He was transported to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in a police vehicle and was pronounced dead on arrival.

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Browne’s death is the third homicide in the country in less than a week.

On Tuesday, Green Hill resident Kelique Rock aka Brinks, 27, died after being shot multiple times while socialising with other people on the street just outside his house around 7 p.m.

Then, on Saturday night, a 1-year-old baby died in Rose Hall, North Leeward after her throat was slit, allegedly by a close relative.

Police said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect stole the 1-year-old infant from her home and slashed her throat. 

The infant’s body was later discovered about 51 yards away from her home and pronounced deceased by a medical practitioner. 

iWitness News understands that the alleged assailant is said to have claimed that the child and her father were demon-possessed and both had to be killed to cleanse the community.

The infanticide suggests some elements of mental illness, yet another case as SVG remains without a psychiatrist, one year after the court heard that 19 murderers were among 40 mentally ill inmates in the nation’s prisons.

Further last December, the chief prosecutor complained publicly of the impact of crime on the mental health of its victims amidst the absence of psychiatric services in SVG.

SVG recorded 55 homicides in 2023, surpassing by 10 the record set the previous year.

Police have categorised 52 of those killings as murder.

One reply on “Early morning shooting takes 2024 homicide count to 6”

  1. It’s going to get crazy. Where is the Minister of National Security? Look, do you remember when the Prime Minister refused to sit down with the Opposition to at least work on a strategy to combat this crisis and the guy refused. Could you believe this? As a taxpayer I want to move around freely in my country.

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