Oct. 14, St Kitts -- Four males have been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the early morning murder of Noel 'Zambo' Heath, police confirmed. Heath was ambushed outside of his home at about 5 o'clock this morning by at least two gunmen, who then escaped through a nearby alley after the shooting, reports indicate.
The St. Johnston Village resident was shot several times about his body and died shortly after being taken to the JNF Hospital.
Heath gained international notoriety when he made America's Top Ten Most Wanted list a few years ago. After being extradited from St. Kitts, he plead guilty to drug trafficking charges and spent four years in a U.S. Federal prison.
The shooting death marked the nation's 31st murder for 2011. Victim #30, 17-year old Vincent 'Pini' Williams, was gunned down less that 11 hours earlier, in Madhouse Alley, Newtown.
On arrival at the Heath murder scene, The Observer met armed law enforcement officers surrounding the areas close to the scene of the crime. A crowd begin gathering and many persons were bawling and saying they could not believe it was Zambo.
This media house was informed that Heath was exiting his home to get into his vehicle when yet-unidentified armed assailants opened fire. One resident said she heard 20 shots, but it could have been more.
Many in the large crowd assembled at the entrance of the hospital cried at the news that Heath had not survived. Some who said they had only heard of him, looked on in disbelief.
Heath, who despite the notoriety stemming from the drug conviction, was deemed a philanthropist to the people of his community, especially as it related to sporting activities.
Returning to St. Kitts in 2009, he received a 'hero's welcome' at the RLB International Airport. Since then, Heath had publicly condemned the gun violence in the nation and called on the youths to "put down the guns".