Student shot by robber while walking home
The streets of the Old Capital are becoming even more dangerous. Three persons were murdered over the weekend and two others were shot. The bloodshed didn’t let up on Monday night when a student was shot as he resisted being robbed at gunpoint. Anthony “Lionman” Leslie was heading home when thieves pounced on him. Classmates, teachers and residents are feeling vulnerable and are pleading for police protection. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.
Jose Sanchez, Reporting
After classes finished on Monday night, a Wesley Junior College Student, Anthony ‘Lionman’ Leslie was shot while he was being robbed near the basketball court in the Yabra area. According to the police, the twenty year old struggled with the assailants.
“Police visited a scene on Yabra Road in the vicinity of the basketball court sometime around 8:45 p.m. where they saw Anthony Leslie, twenty-years old, suffering from a gunshot wound to right lower back. Initial investigations have revealed so far that Leslie was walking along with another classmate from the Wesley Junior College when they were approached by two men. The two men proceeded to rob them of their personal items and effects. A struggle ensued between Leslie and one of these assailants where Leslie received this injury from a single gunshot. Leslie was transported to the K.H.M.H. where he underwent surgery and is now listed in a serious, but stable condition.”
On social media forums, one of his teachers describes him as “A student who is so kind, respectful, humble, intelligent and hardworking. Something has to be done to these criminals; honestly I am tired of the hurt they cause innocent people.” Residents in the area, who heard the shot, also believe that more police mobile patrols are needed to protect them and the students.
Voice of: Yabra Area Resident
“When I peep out, I see people running towards Wesley. I said what; something happened. So I come out. when I come out now dah one of the youth them from the high school get shot. I hear they come to rob wah young bwai and young bwai kick the person. So the gun gone off. But I noh see weh gone on or know weh gone on, but I just hear the shot and that dah weh make I come out. But hear weh di go on; the police need to step up on their patrol—they need to secure this area when night come cause dehn kids di come from school. From me when night I have to keep in my house around here cause around here is dangerous area when come night. You need police out ya especially when kids coming from school. We need that cause once we noh have that more ah this was happen cause it wah neva stop. Every time when it di happen, the police dehn come late; they never deh pan scene.”
Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood
“We do have a motorcycle and motorcycle patrol in that area. But because of the recent shootings in that area, we have extended area of patrol. What we are trying to do now is to put more foot patrol into that area and even see the possibility of increasing mobile patrol. We know that it’s a school district and we have been contemplating all this. We have this actually already on the ground where we have patrols, but like everything else, the criminal element out there will wait for a window of opportunity. My police presence is out there, our police officers are on the ground and I can say this because I am from that area and I’ve seen them quite often doing their patrols.”
No suspects have been identified as yet. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.