One dead, two hospitalized in Nevis shootings

BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS, August 1, 2011 – The excitement and fun of the Nevis Culturama festival was spoilt last night and this morning with shootings and a homicide.

According to police reports, three separate shooting incidents have left one man dead and two others hospitalized.

Head of Nevis division of the police force, Inspector Brandy told ZIZ news that at 9 o’clock last night Bernard Browne of Cole Hill was getting out of his vehicle to go into his home when he was attacked and shot. He was taken to the hospital and is in a stable condition.

Then at 1 am on Monday some persons crept up on an old house at Pond Hill in Gingerland where illegal gambling was taking place. A fight broke out and Joel Simmonds was shot. He was transported to the hospital where he is in a critical condition.

The third shooting incident occurred at 5am when patrons are gearing up to participate in the annual J’ouvert Morning Jam.

In that incident, Jermaine Freeman of Rawlins Village was shot and killed at Culturama Village. One man is in police custody.

Investigations are ongoing.

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