Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday said the man killed in Monday’s double murder at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre wasn’t very cooperative with police when he was shot earlier this year.
Dames called the killings “disturbing”, noting the police are making progress with the investigation.
Police said around 10 a.m. on Monday, Ashlee Hilton, 30, and George Neil Deveaux, 33, were entering the property heading to a physical therapy session when two men emerged from a black SUV, approached their white car and opened fire.
Deveaux ran from the vehicle and was chased by the assailants, who once again opened fire on him.
Both victims died on the scene.
Deveaux was seeking physical therapy for injuries received during a shooting in August and police believe the assailants were waiting on him.
“Crime in itself, if we want to look at numbers, when you compare this year with previous years, there is no comparison, the numbers are down, but every serious incident is a cause of concern and the incident yesterday is no different,” said Dames outside Cabinet.
“I’m very disturbed by that, when individuals can take the lives of others, be it day or night, but especially in public places. But what I would say is that the [police] are making progress in relation to that matter.
“If you can recall, that same individual was shot more than a month ago and when the police interviewed him, he was not giving much information in relation to how he was shot.
“Whether these matters are connected we are unable to say, but what we can say to this point is that we are pleased with respect to how the investigations are progressing in relation to this matter and as I said before, there is a small group of individuals who, when they are not in prison, are out taking the law into their own hands.
“We know who they are and we are not going to tolerate that in this society, and we will go after them until they are brought to justice and that’s a message to them. So, we make no apologies for that and that’s all I have to say in relation to that.”