Members of the Fantom 509 crew riding on a motorcycle. Photo by Dieu Nalio Chery/ AP

The number of people killed in this week’s massacre in Port-au-Prince has reached 19, after four more victims were identified by a human rights group. Meanwhile, the finger pointing began in all directions, with Haiti’s Prime Minister blaming the Fantom 509, a crew reportedly linked to the opposition and the human rights organization accusing a gang allegedly linked to the government.

At least 20 people were shot, only one survived, according to a National Network of the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) report. The shootings took place in Delmas 32, Christ-Roi and Avenue N during the late evening hours of June 28 and early June 29.

Haiti’s PM Claude Joseph accused Fantom 509, a group of masked police officers who make demands of the government through violent, fiery street protests. The group is reportedly linked to opponents of the Jovenel Moïse administration, according to local reports. The government has labeled Fantom 509 as a terrorist group since September 2020.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.