Police Press and Public Information Officer, Sergeant Stephen Hector, informed the media that at about 9:30 pm last Thursday, officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force responded to a report of a shooting in the McKnight area.
He further disclosed that upon police arrival at the scene, Wattley was found lying wounded in an alley at Upper Shaw Avenue. He was pronounced dead by the District Medical Officer, Dr. Mervyn Laws.
Allegedly, Wattley was chased by his attacker(s).
According to the police, the three men injured in last Friday's shooting were Vernal Chumney, Dion Holloman and Damien Weekes. All were taken to the Joseph N. France General Hospital.
Reportedly the incident occurred at around 9 pm on Union Street. The alleged circumstances are that two masked gunmen opened fire.
It is not clear whether the two incidents are connected. Further details on this shooting will be shared with readers once it becomes available.
Wattley ran his own barbershop on the corner of Shaw Avenue and Cayon Street in Basseterre.
Wattley’s killing is the eighth recorded for the year in St. Kitts and Nevis, with 7 in St. Kitts and 1 on sister isle, Nevis.
News Link gathered that as a teenager Wattley got involved in gang activities. However, he went to live in Canada. When he returned home he wanted better for himself and his community.
He was one of the representatives of a community club called The New Mentality TEAM.
In January this year during a visit to the Her Majesty’s Prison which Commissioner of Police Celvin ‘CG’ Walwyn was a part of, Wattley gave inspiring words to the inmates urging them to keep away from violence and crime.
It is understood that the deceased would have participated in the second annual Operation Future peace concert held last Saturday.