*** POLICE UPDATE ***
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Police Department is presently investigating a shooting which took place on Friday between 07.30 and 08.00 a.m. in the Housing Project of Belvedere. The Emergency Dispatch had received several calls about the incident and had sent several police patrols, Detectives, Forensic Department and paramedics to investigate the situation.
On the scene the investigating officers were informed that the male victim was already on his way to the hospital in a private vehicle. The officers also learnt that the paramedics met up with the private vehicle on the A. Th. Illidge road and started the treatment of the victim, who was taken to the hospital directly after.
According to information gathered on the crime scene is that, the victim had just stepped into his car and was about to leave his home, when he was attacked by a man with gun who fired several shots at him. The victim tried to flee but was struck at least twice. After committing this act the suspect fled the scene in a small black car with tinted windows.
Who the suspect is and why this shooting took place has not yet been established. The crime scene was closed while and the Forensic Department was collecting evidence and the Detectives questioning witnesses. The victim remains admitted in the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further medical treatment.
The police department is asking anyone who may have any information in connection with this investigation to please inform the department by calling the # 9300 tip line or the direct phone line which 54-22222.
When more information regarding this investigation becomes available the media will be informed.
Early Post !!!
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – A shootout took place Friday morning in the district of Belvedere.
Reports state that just before 8am, a man was critically shot as he was leaving his home to go to work. The victim was rushed to the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC).
It is not clear what part of his body the bullets penetrated but he has been described as serious.
It is also not clear just how many shots were fired at the victim or by who. The police is currently conducting an investigation into this latest shooting.