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Law enforcement announces launch of Operation Re-Assurance in response to increased gun violence

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In the wake of the second time two homicides were committed in 24 hours of the year, law enforcement launches Operation Re-Assurance.

The Federation has seen about nine homicides since the start of 2023, and citizens are concerned about their safety as there is an increase in violence leading to death, especially gun violence.

Out of the nine homicides that have been reported, eight of those were caused by gun violence.

The most recent murders were on April 4.

According to the Police, 18-year-old Zion Huggins of Soho was identified as the young man who was shot dead at his residence at Soho Village on April 4, 2023.

Huggins was in his yard when a group of men approached him; he attempted to run away but was shot in the process, said a statement by the Police.

The second homicide on April 4 was a stabbing in the afternoon in Stapleton Village.

The stabbing resulted from an altercation between two men.

The victim was identified as 30-year-old Shanquille Walters, of Stapleton Village, who was pronounced dead at the Joseph N France General Hospital.

A suspect is in custody. Investigations into both homicides are ongoing.

In response, the Police, in a statement, announced the launch of special operations intended to suppress the violence.

The statement reads –

“In collaboration with other National Security agencies, the Police have launched a full-scale extended special operation, [Operation Re-assurance], to contain and suppress the violence. This operation is designed [to target those who are perpetrating these heinous acts specifically] and to bring them to justice. It will be multidimensional and jointly executed by the security forces to achieve our operational objectives.

We want to reassure the public that we are committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all residents. We urge anyone with information about the violence to come forward and report it to the police. Your cooperation is vital in ensuring that we put an end to this scourge.

We also appeal to residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. We understand that these incidents can cause fear and anxiety in our community, and we want to assure you that we are doing everything [possible] to ensure your safety.

As a country, we must stand together in the fight against crime and violence. We ask for your patience and understanding as we work to make our community a safer place for all.”

The Police appeal to persons with information on either incident to call the Violent Crime Unit at 662-3468.

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