Sint Maarten: Three individuals were injured in a shooting outside Club XO on Airport Road in Sint Maarten. The incident took place close to the midnight on Saturday.
The victims were immediately taken to hospital on both sides of the island, and the suspect was being investigated by the police authorities.
Around 11:30 pm, multiple reports about the shooting at the nightclub Simpson Bay were given to the Police authorities.
Various patrols & paramedics were dispatched to the crime scene, where they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wounds to her arm & the upper body. The lady was treated at the scene and then taken to Sint Maarten Medical Center. The woman is in critical condition.
Later, it was found by the Police authorities(with the help of (French side law enforcement) that 2 other people with gunshot wounds from the same club shooting were admitted to the Louis Constant Fleming Hospital.
The reason behind this shooting has not been clear yet and is still being investigated by the Police authorities. The hunt for the suspect or suspects is still ongoing.
Crime rate in Sint Maarten –
There is a violent crime amongst members of the world of illegal drugs, but this rarely impacts tourists. The main tourist places and areas are generally safe, but one should take sensible precautions. Avoid remote areas at night. Do not take valuables to the beach.
The tourists need to take care that purses and handbags are closed and not easy to snatch.
The increasing crime rate is engraving fear in the minds of people. The government with the help of the Police authorities are trying their best to lessen the crime rate.
Apart from this, the COVID-19 outbreak is one of the challenges that lie ahead of the government. Till now, there are a total of 4403 individuals who have contracted the virus, while a total of 69 people lost their lives to the deadliest COVID-19.