MONROVIA: The Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday, Tuesday, November 21, 2023 provided updates on the tragic incident that occurred at the National Headquarters of the Unity Party (UP) when a motor vehicle ran into several celebrants who had converged at the premises to celebrate the victory of the party following the release of the final results of the just concluded presidential runoff.
Briefing the public yesterday at the National Headquarters of the LNP, Police Spokesman, Moses Carter said as the result of the incident, 3 persons, two males and a female were pronounced dead while 25 others are receiving treatment from various degrees of injuries sustained.
“Out of the total injuries to 25 persons, three are confirmed dead, while 22 individuals, including six females and nineteen males, are undergoing treatment at both JFK and the Mawah Clinic,” disclosed Police spokesman Moses Carter.
Carter said the LNP immediately went into action and was able to arrest one Lawrence Williams, a resident of Duport Road, Paynesville whom they have taken into custody and is said to be cooperating with the investigative team of LNP and will be processed to court upon conclusion of preliminary investigation.
He appealed to the public to remain calm while the police goes about performing its duty and promised to “do everything within our might to bring the case to a logical conclusion”
The Liberian National Police (LNP) swiftly responded to the incident with a press release, confirming the death of three individuals and injuries to 25 persons in the horrific incident involving UP supporters.
In a brief interview with the press shortly before he was taken into custody , the alleged suspect, Lawrence K. William, explained that he went to town with his spiritual father and others, all of whom he did not name for business transactions and after dropping them off, he decided to go to Upper Broad Street for family provisions.
“While moving uptown, I received a text from my wife to purchase food for our child, and I went to implement it. After buying the food, I came back, started the car, and it began moving. It’s an automatic car, and I couldn’t stop it,” he stated.
Suspect Williams was interrupted by the police from further fielding answers to questions from the press as he was whisked away back into custody at the Monrovia Central Prison.
Eyewitnesses at the scene reported that the vehicle involved had its lights switched off when it struck the crowd at high speed which resulted to the fatalities and injuries to the victims.