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Suspects held in relation to Hanover shootings

Superintendent Sharon Beeput, head of the Hanover Police
 
The police have made progress with their probe into Thursday night's attacks by gunmen in Hanover in which seven persons were shot, two fatally.
 
Three suspects have been held by police in connection with Thursday night's attacks by gunmen in Hanover, in which seven persons were shot, two fatally.
 
Superintendent Sharon Beeput, head of the Hanover Police, told RJR News on Friday afternoon that the suspects are in custody and an investigation is ongoing. 
 
"We're asking the citizens to cooperate with us and give us the information if they do have any," she urged, adding that residents should not panic because the police have "everything under control."
 
Businesswoman Ronda Smith, 38, otherwise called 'Suzie', of  Haughton in Hanover, was shot dead and four others injured in Salt Spring shortly after ten o'clock.
 
The police say Ms Smith was attacked by her ex-boyfriend, a resident of St. James and his cronies.
 
It is believed the other victims were offering Ms Smith protection when they were shot. 
 
Two hours later, gunmen struck again in Newton, Cousin Cove leaving 58 year old Barbara Gilpin dead and her 20 year old son hospitalised with bullet wounds.
 
Superintendent Beeput said Ms Gilpin was killed by gunmen who were searching for her son. She was not the intended target.
 
The police have named Ruel Thorpe and Chadwick Cooke as Persons of Interest. The men have been asked to turn themselves in to the nearest police station as quickly as possible.
 


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