~ Shooting victim identified ~
COLE BAY--A man shot dead in Cole Bay on Monday night was named by the police as Jean-No Sanon (26). He was known locally as Jano. Sanon, was the eleventh murder victim of 2014 in St. Maarten, which already saw eight more victims than the total of three in 2013.
The Daily Herald reported in yesterday's paper that the victim had died after being shot to death on Waterfront Road in Cole Bay just after 8:00pm on Monday, after having been shot once in the head.
A press release sent out by the police on Tuesday, details how on Monday October 27 around 8:15pm, police patrols, detectives and paramedics were sent to Waterfront road to investigate the shooting.
"According to witnesses in the area, they heard a loud noise on the street, which sounded like a gunshot. When they looked outside they saw a man lying face down on the ground in front of an apartment building on that same street. They also noticed that the man in question was bleeding," police spokesman Inspector Henson stated in the press release.
"On the scene, the investigating officers encountered the man lying on the ground, who was not showing any signs of life. The victim was shot," the release continued.
The scene was closed off so that the Forensic Department could collect evidence. Doctor Douglas pronounced the death of the victim at the scene. "It is still unclear exactly what took place and who is responsible for this criminal act," Henson stated. "Detectives are busy questioning potential witnesses and gathering other information to piece together what transpired. The body of the victim has been confiscated for further investigation and transported to a morgue. The investigation is ongoing."
Henson showed disappointment in this latest death involving firearms, despite hard work of the police to remove illegal firearms from the streets. "Despite the fact that the police is working hard on the Stop, Drop & Go campaign, some people are continuing their criminal activities. The damage that these people cause to the image of St. Maarten is tremendous. The damage they cause is not just to the victim and his family, or even to themselves. They cause damage to the entire country," Henson stated.
The police department is asking anyone in the community who may have information that could shed some light on this case to come forward, either by contacting the police station, or by calling the anonymous tip line on #9300.