Attacker kills St. Lucia man who was waiting to see prime minister; leader not injured

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — Authorities on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia say a gunman walked into the prime minister's home-district office and killed a man who was waiting to see the government leader.

A police statement says Premier Stephenson King was in the building during Friday's shooting, but was never in danger.

The identity of the attacker is not known, and police haven't speculated on a possible motive. Local media say the victim was an ex-convict who intended to ask King for a job.

King says in a statement that the incident shows no one is safe on St. Lucia.

The island has recorded 35 killings so far in 2010, putting it on pace to equal or surpass 2008's record high of 43. Police blame the violence on the drug trade.