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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The opposition Labour party has condemned the recent shooting attack on the home and vehicle of Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards.

The denunciation of the Friday March 10 early morning shooting came from Opposition MP Konris Maynard Wednesday in one of the party’s regular radio programmes.

“In the wee hours of Friday morning last (March 10), the home of our Deputy Prime Minister and his vehicle were shot at. We in this party and for the person represent, strongly condemn these and all acts of criminal activity across the country. Regardless of your political affiliation, regardless of your beliefs, these are not activities that anyone should be proud of and so we hope and trust that the security forces will attend to this situation as well as all other situations of gun violence, robberies and criminal activities, with the haste that is needed t bring all perpetrators to justice.”

However while condemning the act, MP Maynard contended that it serves as a wake-up call for the Team Unity administration.

“But I believe that the incident on Friday can serve as a bell ringing in the heads of the members of this government that crime in St Kitts and Nevis is real. They cannot continue to put up a façade that crime is trending downwards, it is not. People are feeling the squeeze and some may turn to unsavoury methods to ease that squeeze and those things include robberies, break ins, larcenies, hold ups, thefts and a whole range of other criminal activities that will only move to destabalize our country.”

Former national security minister, Operation Rescue’s Dwyer Astaphan last weekend described as alarming, the attack by gun-toting individuals who opened fire on the home and vehicle of Deputy Prime Minister Richards.

The minister’s Sandy Point home and his private vehicle were fired upon just after 3 am on Friday (March 10).

Richards and his family members were inside the residence at the time but were not injured.

The matter is under police investigation.


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