Following the shooting deaths of three individuals and the injury of a nine-year-old kid in the southern town of Vieux Fort, the administration of St. Lucia declared on Friday that all schools in the area would be closed.
In a statement, the Ministry of Education announced the closure of five local schools, citing “the current unstable climate” in Vieux Fort.
It apologized for any difficulty caused and stated that the decision to close the schools was made after negotiations with the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
Parents and guardians were instructed by the ministry to take all essential precautions to ensure the safety of both themselves and their children.
The two males, “Brico” and “Dylan,” were shot and died on Thursday afternoon at the fishing complex, according to the authorities. At the complex, a woman was also shot and killed.
The nine-year-old was hurt in the gunshot at the fishing complex, according to the police.
The most recent increase in gun violence in Vieux Fort has been associated with ongoing rival gang activities, and according to media sources, locals in the southern town are preparing for further violence. Last year, 74 murders were reported in St. Lucia.