Rygin King Shot, Girlfriend Killed


Matthew "Rygin King" Smith was shot and seriously injured during a gun attack in Struie district, Westmoreland, on Sunday while a woman, identified as his girlfriend, was also shot and killed. Another male individual was also shot and injured. The deceased female has been identified as 28-year-old Sashalee Blackwood.

The incident took place while the entertainer, his girlfriend, two children, and a group of other people were travelling through Westmoreland to a function that was being held in a neighboring parish.

On reaching a section of the Struie main road, one of the two other vehicles that were travelling with the entertainer got involved in an accident with another motor car. The impact of the crash forced Rygin King and his team to stop at the location for close to 45 minutes while they assessed the damage and conversed with the female driver.
Minutes later, another car arrived on the scene and a man alighted with a handgun, hurled expletives at the entertainer, and chased him.

Blackwood, who was sitting with the two children, was also hit. Rygin King then ran into a gully but was again chased and shot multiple times by his attacker. Rygin King was shot several times and had to undergo immediate surgery at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital.

The other male individual that was shot is said to be a 25-year-old recording artiste. He was shot in the leg. The gunman apparently escaped before police arrived on the scene.