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Lorna G. Smith condemns 'gunshots' heard during NDP’s political rally

Territorial At-Large representative and former First Lady, Lorna G. Smith running under National Democratic Party’s (NDP) 2023 political slate has condemned the sounds of gunshots heard during the Road Town campaign rally of Sandy M. Harrigan on Saturday, April 8, 2023. Photo: Facebook/File
Virgin Islands News Online reached out to a police source for information and was told while there were reports of gunshots, there was no location or injuries reported. Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands News Online reached out to a police source for information and was told while there were reports of gunshots, there was no location or injuries reported. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Territorial At Large candidate and former First Lady Lorna G. Smith, OBE, who is running on the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) 2023 political slate, has condemned the 'sounds of gunshots' heard during the Road Town campaign rally of Sandy M. Harrigan-Underhill on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

In a heated speech, the former first lady said the sounds of the gunshots are not something she is used to, having lived in the VI for most of her life and it is something that must change.

“I am a Fourth District person, but I don’t think any of us are deaf. We all heard those gunshots, didn't we? and we saw the police racing. Is this what the BVI has come to?” she asked.

Mrs Smith questioned whether the people of the VI were going to put up with more gunshots for another four years and beyond. 

"This is not the country I know' - Lorna G. Smith 

Mrs Smith sought to somehow connect the gunshots with the current Government, adding that an NDP Government will bring change in that area.

“This is not the country I know, that I have lived in all my life, except for my first seven years. We have to change this country, we have to take it back,” she said. 

Meanwhile, it remains unclear the circumstances related to the gunshots heard during the political rally in Road Town.

Virgin Islands News Online reached out to a police source for information and was told while there were reports of gunshots, there was no location or injuries reported.

Our News Centre will bring more information as it becomes available.

45 Responses to “Lorna G. Smith condemns 'gunshots' heard during NDP’s political rally”

  • Condemning the plane money (10/04/2023, 11:56) Like (25) Dislike (9) Reply
    We want the plane money back! Run with that.
    • Take the hint.. (11/04/2023, 14:53) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Lorna, We don't want you. Your agenda is all about you. I would vote for dr Smith again any day over you. Go home and enjoy your retirement.
    • Rubber Duck (11/04/2023, 20:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Lorna Smith had nothing to do with the plane debacle. Her husband and the rest of the BVI government were deceived by a long time BVI lawyer and a bunch of con men who he was working for. They got the money. The Smith family got none. Fact.
  • simple solution (10/04/2023, 12:05) Like (15) Dislike (24) Reply
  • perhaps (10/04/2023, 12:06) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    They were celebrating a Sandy victory
    • The other article (11/04/2023, 14:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Imagine paying so people can't voice their opinion. That says a lot about who you are.
  • jack (10/04/2023, 12:07) Like (21) Dislike (33) Reply
    Lorna is the next premier she is the real Iron Lady
  • lol (10/04/2023, 12:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Probably that was the music coming from that old man's brown jeep that she heard
  • Quiet Rebel (10/04/2023, 12:11) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Violent crime has no part in the community. The questions we must ask our selves is if the BVI has no gun manufacturer, how are the river of guns getting into flowing in the BVI? Perhaps, the guns are pouring in through the extensive porous borde with all the yachts plying the seas. Under whose purview does security falls. I s crime a new issue? Did not Mrs have 2 terms as de facto Premier? Doc was a superb medical doctor but a very poor politician. We must understand that being good in one thing does not make one good in other things. We try to use the halo effect in our politics. Politics is part art and part science. The art of politics is what challenge politcians, along with self-greed.
  • james (10/04/2023, 13:06) Like (56) Dislike (42) Reply
    I pray she doesn’t win. This candidate knows people now that she is trying to get elected. Imagine she will walk over you before but all of a sudden she is trying to befriend everyone for the sake of a vote. Please people don’t vote for her. Big mistake if you do. She cares about herself and her circle of white friends in the financial services industry. They will love her to win so they can pull her strings like a puppet. Great pretender she is.
    • @ james (10/04/2023, 15:29) Like (39) Dislike (54) Reply
      Lorna is the best person to be the premier at this time
      • STRONGLY AGREE (10/04/2023, 21:23) Like (14) Dislike (25) Reply
        She was the head person with Hon. Stoutt. I strongly support Mrs. Lorna Smith for the position. She is by far the best candidate for these Virgin Islands. It does not take a PHD person to be our leader. Lorna Smith ALLLLLL the way.
      • Gunshots (10/04/2023, 22:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        The people here doing all of these criminal acts have no respect for anyone. My beautiful Torola has become the wild Wild West East, north and south. The authorities are not doing their jobs not patrolling daily, only when something serious happened they show up.
    • @james (10/04/2023, 15:52) Like (26) Dislike (32) Reply
      Our perception of others usually stem from our mindset. I used to feel the same way about Mrs. Smith until I had the opportunity to speak with her over the years. What we don’t like about her is her direct and to the point way of dealing with matters. We get our feelings hurt and blame the person we feel is making us feel that when in actual fact, we control our feelings.
      With our country in its present state we definitely need people who will be direct and no nonsense about important matters. People who will not be intimidated by the long standing politicians. No, I haven’t spoken to Mrs. Smith about this and no one asked me to respond to this article. I am concerned about our country and we need to be moving forward to better days and years ahead. I am concerned about our youngsters who deserve a future here and not a future riddled with crime where they fear for their lives. It is time to clean up. We need forward thinkers like Mrs. Smith, Sandy, Shaina, Mather…
      • @@james (10/04/2023, 17:09) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        That's your opinion sir/madam
        • @@@james (11/04/2023, 01:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          It's okay for some to state their preferences and expect them to be acknowledged, but at the same time they devastated and have plenty negativity towards others on their perspectives of their choice of candidates. But like you said " That's their opinion"
      • please (10/04/2023, 21:04) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
        Give me a break - it's all a show to get votes. She's a Lorna at the front thinker - it's not about the country.
      • @@james (10/04/2023, 21:30) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Don't you think we need young people to lead this territory they have brilliant minds just the same but you prefer to put one in the corner who need a walking stick who never met the meek and lowly until now they need a vote. Please advise those younger folks and take a rest beside our doctor. Continue to pamper him
    • @james (10/04/2023, 16:43) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
      I'll like to see her in the opposition though.
  • My Minister of health.. (10/04/2023, 13:06) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    This ministry needs an Injection from a caring woman...All the men have failed...One empty top floor at new hospital, two empty floor at old hospital yet BVIHA spending hundreds of thousands in rent. How dumber can this get..? ...Change needed... We all know too much Guns in the place...Thats a matter for the police.
  • THANK YOU (10/04/2023, 13:26) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    for bringing it to the people , ) all we hearing is RACIAL LYRICS AND WHATS GOING IN THE USA / meanwhile The GUNDERLEROES taking over and flexing off , because they are told
    that they are ENTITLED , ( what kind of message is sending to the tourists ? ) welcome to the wild wild west , what is the country coming to ????
  • AS LONG AS (10/04/2023, 14:08) Like (19) Dislike (13) Reply
  • 2023 (10/04/2023, 14:11) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    do some of these candidates truly have your best interest or they campaigning for the personal interests

    If someone have the true interest for the territory and somehow you just hearing from them now; because it is voting time something wrong

    Where most of them the past 3 years: these are modern times they can use social media to express the concerns they are chatting, chatting about

    this is one of the most interesting elections I will be witnessing over the many years
  • lol (10/04/2023, 14:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    They missed the corner ?
  • LORNA PREMIER AND MINISTRY OF FINANCE (10/04/2023, 15:06) Like (5) Dislike (48) Reply
    • @Lorna as Premier (10/04/2023, 17:27) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
      Where was Lorna when NDP was in Administration doing crap? Pls go sit down .Don't play CSC. Wait until the 24th April
    • Go sit down (10/04/2023, 22:22) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      Myron's legacy as Minister of Education is putting the teachers and children in CTL moldy building and Sandy's is a promise that they will be there for a long time.
  • What gunshots? (10/04/2023, 15:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I did not think she was talking about gunshots that night. I think she was talking about gunshots generally.
    • @What Gunshots (10/04/2023, 16:01) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      There were gunshots that night. I counted seven - two, followed by three, followed by two more.
    • What gunshots? (10/04/2023, 20:10) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      It was that night because I heard them from up in the hills. It was a few then another set soon after.
  • herbs power (10/04/2023, 15:58) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    If the money was sharing to the lower class there will be no gunshots. At least not on a regular. Its like the rich want to keep the poor brokes all their life.
  • Tafari Zharr (10/04/2023, 16:13) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply

    By Tafari Zharr

    So you’re getting your Election and then people what’s the plan for the premier and the officers? WTH

    I mean the COI and OIC recommendations still remain in force! The Monarch’s advisers, The Privy Council has taken a stance and together the appointed governor is also obligated.FWIW

    You Cast Your Fears - against each other!
    You sleep with one eye open for your brother and turn a blind eye to a stranger. I can’t with society chasers! LMAO

    Sorry you’ve gotten your chance to hold a postponed election and begin to feel Faukner’s Fire - a ride that lasted 73 and 1/2 years come Election Day. Progress. Yes!

    But is this Election different than the rest? Is it symbolic for something more intrinsic that we are about to lose because of what, we represent - an island with well-to-do-black men showing off and living it up the likes of which some subjects of Great Britain could never have imagined, not (about our sons of the soil) who we didn’t hold accountable? SMHO

    We must absolutely cast our cares and stop caressing our egos. This is not basketball but if it were you let a player came out of nowhere and slam dunked on the brothers - imagine - in the Bubble - during the pandemic.ICYMI

    Allegedly, Liz Truss shot her shot in UK politics and forced an offensive foul soon after putting direct rule on the table. It’s almost as if she threw a rock , broke a window, and ran. IMHO.

    Meanwhile, allegedly, Ms Truss made her way across the pond thereafter trading her UK political ambitions for American prospects. YOLO

    OTOH. What’s ironic was all this was happening as a locked up abroad, Brittney Griner a real life WNBA player’s fate was up in the air with no resolve for the American black woman to get home. Her fears involved punishment.

    Vincent Wheatley- seems to Feel Faulkner’s Fire! That’s the measuring tape for who you ought to re-hire in Virgin Gorda. But if he is unable to secure the win May I suggest someone who has that burn- qualities that can challenge the status quo: A person who has a partnership with people, is Accountability, shows Balance in mastering results with humility, does not back down from the tasks and dares to show Courage, as he strives to Deliver promptly on promises. Vincent is committed to advancing all the people of the virgin island demonstrates positive with the possible in the way of what Endurance- looks like- - that already puts Ideas into perspective for at least one strong premier candidate - by now any elected official should be willing and able to step into that position which by the way - it’s a job - No more feather in caps - the time for hosting an office was the last election!

    This Election is serious business and not a runway for “being in tings” no room for blind Loyalty. I feel a struggle between our treasured islands and the shaming of “tax havens; but any realization of taxation would have to be imposed by representation - currently possible only under direct rule or hostile takeover. IIANM.

    But wait, VI Your Armageddon might very well be tied -not to your ballot box but - to your breadbox.

    Finally, Will you elect one party! Or, pick the ABCD and mix it up. For those who have been inquiring, I am here now, but am a bit rusty with my predictive tools. JK

    Early Vote for some April 20, general Election Day is April 24,2023.

    ICYMI- In case you missed it - stay tuned to my commentaries in this local paper all Election season.

    (c) 2023. Tafari Zharr. All rights reserved.

  • Condem (10/04/2023, 21:53) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why wait until now? did you just wake up from the sound?
    You could fool some people but you can't fool all.
    So many people are 6 feet in our territory because of gun violence yet you kept your mouth shut. May be just maybe if you had speak out at the time maybe just maybe some one might have listened and change their mind set. Please don't make us feel like fools. I know you are a brilliant woman and I have much respect for you but it's a pity it took the sound and a vote to bring this issue to the forefront.

    No love lost my wonderful friend but we are vigilant and wise people in this territory. for it is even more critical than it has ever been. Let us all condemn wrong and elevate our thinking

  • Realist (10/04/2023, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    @James. You are entitled to your opinion and I respect that. However because you do not like Lorna and won’t vote for her doesn’t mean that she will not be successful.
  • Dancing with the Stars (10/04/2023, 22:55) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    That is cheap political statement by Lorna Smith. She reminds me of how the Europeans conquered he African Countries by spreading propaganda for invasion of the countries. Mrs. Lorna Smith should not have been allowed to contest as a candidate in the General Election. Can a Virgin Islander be allowed to contest for a seat in Anguilla. Where is the Attorney General to address this important issue. What is the view of the Governor in this matter. Let us seek the advice of the Pevey Council.
  • Aye (11/04/2023, 00:08) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mission for power
    Look up Peter Penfold and Lorna
    Look up new role of wife of premier smith
    See how power make her behave
  • Indigenous Tolian (11/04/2023, 15:46) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I just read Mrs Smith accomplishments and I must say I am impressed. She is by far qualified over the others and with a resume like hers she got my vote. BVI can no longer afford to be mocked as a light weight and have mediocre performances in the discussions among top officials world wide. With a resume like hers I can close my eyes and feel that BVI will be represented well
    I don't know her personally but I am going with her experience.
  • Dancing with the Stars (11/04/2023, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    How Lorna Smith is allowed to Contest a seat in the House of Assembly in the Virgin Islands and she was born in Anguilla. I wish some Legal practitioner could explain under what circumstances it happens here. This is the only island in the Eastern Caribbean where this is allowed. What makes one illegible and qualify to contest a seat here and no where else it is allowed. When one looks at the difficulty children who were born in the Virgin Islands has to obtain a Passport and this serious breach of the Constitution is allowed to go on. Hon. Mark Vanterpool did it before and it was swept under the rug.
  • BH Degree (11/04/2023, 16:19) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I really don't know Mrs Smith but reading her platform gives me a better idea of her qualification. As a country we have to put aside our differences, grudges and dislikes and vote her in. Just looking at all what she achieved brings me great comfort. Everybody is not perfect, we all have flaws and we all can learn ever day but for how my poor BVI is the laughing stock around the world we need someone like Mrs Smith who is an iron lady and will stand up for the BVI. Heaven knows she can't be any worst than the list of candidates, some of whom can't even speak where one can understand, let us do what's best for the BVI rather than voting in inexperience people in this very serious time, BVI is being watched closely, we need to regain our credibility and knowledge and experience will give us a big push. Yes, I have my BH Degree, right there from what was known as Cottage Hospital so when I say what I say it's for the yearning of a better BVI
    • @ BH Degree (11/04/2023, 17:02) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      And if you knew Ms Smith you would know that Lorna is for Lorna. Nothing more nothing less. Everything else is a show. Not My Vote!
  • Samuel E. (12/04/2023, 10:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The thing that baffles me is that people who running for politics appear at your door asking for votes. You have never seen them before and are unlikely to see them after they’re elected. Point here? If you want to be a politician, plan way ahead. At least 2 years in advance. Go out, get to know the people, the issues so that you will be known when elections come around. As a voter and BVI Nationalist, I don’t have a clue who to vote for this election. Just no impressed by the candidates.
  • Disinterested (12/04/2023, 15:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mrs Smith is representing herself as not being a politician; others in the race are spouting the same nonsensical. There is saying that goes like this if it waddles like duck, quack like a duck, behaves like duck and looks like a duck, it is a duck. Similarly, if one is engage in politics, one is a politician. If you are not a politician, what the hell are you? An opportunist looking to further your nest. Politicians comes various forms. Demonstrate which you are. If you don’t want to be a politician quit wasting our time and get to hell out of Dodge with the senseless nonsense. Get outta here with that elitist, bourgeoisie crap. Try reconnecting with the folks in the Ghut, Ghetto, Long Bush, etc. Aye, aye wat ah ting to tell the King.

  • oh boy (12/04/2023, 21:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I gotta vote for she because she is the most qualified

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