Deputy Commissioner of Police, Alwin James has suggested that gunmen in the British Virgin Islands have become trigger-happy.
“It is more important [now] for us in this fight to seize firearms, and take them off the streets and out of the hand of persons whose quick, hot tempers can – with little provocation– result in the death of another person,” James said.
He made the statement while noting that Huntums Ghut residents Clevaughn Sweeney and Michael Stevens were dead before police arrived at the scene where they were gunned down early Saturday morning.
They were travelling in a rental vehicle at the time of the shooting.
Police said the murder victims were met with gunfire from the James Walter Francis Highway going west near the intersection with Station Avenue before the vehicle they were in came to a stop near the Old Works Museum.
“The victims were seen at Crystal’s Nightclub where close to 300 persons were in attendance earlier that morning. What happened after they left the premises is unknown at this time,” police said in a media release this morning.
Police are now appealing to persons with information on the murder to come forward.
According to the release, Deputy Commissioner James said police are constantly on mobile armed patrols around the territory but said ‘there will never be enough officers to cover every inch of the community’.
“Mobile armed patrols [officers] who were on duty responded to the scene immediately following the incident but the victims were dead,” he said.
Persons with information about the location of any illegal firearms are asked to contact the police at 368-9342 or the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.
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