ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Three persons of interest have been taken into custody in connection with last Thursday evening’s shooting of renowned former cricket entertainer, Laban “Gravy” Benjamin.
This is according to Acting Commissioner of Police, Henry Christian. Commissioner Vere Browne is currently on administrative leave.
“They were picked up the very night of the shooting (Thursday). Two just after the shooting and one Friday morning,” the acting commissioner revealed in an interview with OBSERVER media.
Although Christian would not identify the individuals or their residences, OBSERVER understands they are all from the All Saints area – where the shooting took place.
One was released some time after being taken in for questioning while the other two remain in police custody up to press time.
This comes on the heels of Benjamin being “jumped” by three assailants after exiting his vehicle at 9:30 pm – upon returning home from a cricket match.
The businessman said he was accosted and beaten by his attackers during a robbery attempt.
Neighbours were alerted to the fracas by Benjamin’s yells for assistance.
The trio fled as villagers came to his defence, but not before firing several bullets – one of which struck the victim in his chest.
Gravy, however, was in good spirits yesterday as he spoke to OBSERVER from his hospital bed.
“I am feeling very well,” he told OBSERVER.
Police are still investigating incident. Law enforcement officers are urging anyone with information to contact the All Saints Police Station or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS (8477).
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)