ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Investigations into a report of an alleged shooting at a Caribarena journalist is underway, but police say they have found no evidence to suggest shots were fired.
The reporter told OBSERVER media this week that the perpetrator called him (the media worker) by name and workplace before firing a shot that missed him and struck his vehicle.
Police sources said according to the reporter’s statement to investigators, he neither saw anyone shoot at him nor heard an explosion.
Law enforcement officers said they visited the scene of the incident at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds, where they found the driver’s side mirror broken. The reporter indicated he sustained cuts to his hand from the shattered mirror.
Lawmen looking into the matter said they found no bullet holes, spent shells or any other damage consistent with the vehicle being hit by a bullet.
The journalist and scores of residents were reportedly leaving a cricket match at the stadium around 9:30 pm Sunday, when the incident took place.
Police spokesman Corporal Frankie Thomas told OBSERVER Media investigators would continue to probe the report to determine what happened and to take action where necessary.
“Based on the report, an offence has been committed because his vehicle was damaged. It may not be of the angle or in line with what was reported in the first instance, but clearly, an offence has been committed and it’s an investigation we must launch and look into,” Corporal Thomas said.
President of the Antigua & Barbuda Media Congress Colin James condemned the alleged shooting on Monday, saying it should not be tolerated.