Three injured in shooting incident at Packers

Three St Philip men are nursing gunshot wounds following a shooting incident which occurred at Packers, St Patricks, Christ Church around 1a.m. Thursday.

The victims are 43-year-old Andre Toppin of Chapel Land, 35-year-old Peter Edghill of Foul Bay and 34-year-old Damien Bourne of Parish Land.

Police say they were among a group attending an unauthorized event at Packers when a number of men entered the area. An altercation developed in which the perpetrators reportedly proceeded to open gunfire.

As a result, Toppin suffered a gunshot injury to his left shoulder, Bourne a gunshot injury to his back, and Edghill, a gunshot injury to his abdomen, a fractured right arm, and an injury to his head. They were all transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance where they are receiving medical attention.

As police investigations continue into the shooting incident, lawmen are appealing to anyone with information that can assist them with their investigation to contact District ‘B’ Police Station at telephone numbers 437-4311 or 430-7625; Police Emergency at 211, Crime Stoppers at 1800 –TIPS (8477), or the nearest police station.

They say all information received will be treated as strictly confidential.

44 Responses to Three injured in shooting incident at Packers

  1. Marj Godgrace
    Marj Godgrace December 29, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Little little Barbados going crazy left right and center

  2. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow December 29, 2016 at 7:37 am

    How many guns on this tiny island shocking reading .

  3. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan December 29, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I dont have a dictionary at hand, what is a factored hand?

  4. Good Stuff
    Good Stuff December 29, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I heard the gunshots
    Haven’t slept at all

  5. Hal Austin December 29, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Take guns out of all private hands and one of the first should be G4S, a British company not armed in Britain, but is in Barbados.
    The wise guys will say gangsters will still get hold of illegal guns; that is a straw man. With tough sentences for possession of illegal guns, they know the risk they run.
    Only police and defence force should be armed.

  6. Island Girl December 29, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Agreed Hal. Get ahead of it before it becomes common place.

  7. David Gibson
    David Gibson December 29, 2016 at 8:10 am

    this thing is out of control , but wen ppl can shoot ppl n still be out on bail wat can we expect .

  8. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean December 29, 2016 at 8:11 am


  9. Barry Telesford
    Barry Telesford December 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Wait thats it nobody dead. From Trinidad.

  10. Zabeeda Abdool
    Zabeeda Abdool December 29, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Really sad….ppl stop these nonsense…before God take his turn…

  11. kathy-Ann Clarke December 29, 2016 at 8:38 am

    It is coming, Zabeeda, sooner than we can imagine.

  12. Malcolm Marcelle
    Malcolm Marcelle December 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

    And they are locking up a homeless women and for what loitering, utter nonsense .

  13. Guy Smiley December 29, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Jal you not only need a dictionary you glasses as well

    • P December 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Yup the person definitely needs a dictionary and glasses for sure. Before they post, proofread it.

  14. Ladii hype December 29, 2016 at 9:08 am

    News don’t be correct no ambulance didn’t take nobody no way wunna say 3 ppl get shoot den say 4 but anyway ya need tuh get de story rite

  15. Blanchard Ulanda
    Blanchard Ulanda December 29, 2016 at 9:17 am

    All DE time so wanna ain’t gone stop!?..this gone trickle into next year

  16. Blanchard Ulanda
    Blanchard Ulanda December 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Ps…oh yea ..#crimedown#

  17. Bajan December 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Hal Austin your idea of taking all legal firearms from law abiding good Bajans as a solution to the illegal and lawless use of firearms by criminals is like saying that we should take cutlasses from the coconut vendors since people used them to kill each other or that we should consider ‘bobbing’ all males over 11years old to drcrease the incidences of rape. Whats next? Remove condoms from the shelves to stop promiscuous behaviour?

  18. Rosemary Alleyne
    Rosemary Alleyne December 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I am sure I saw an ad for this fete..cant police be pro active?

  19. Mhizzjoan Moore
    Mhizzjoan Moore December 29, 2016 at 9:55 am

    1. I got a dig bick2. You that read wrong3. You read that wrong too4. You checked5. You smiled7. You are wondering why you’re still this reading this8. You saw that mistake… right? (On 7)10. But did you see that I skipped 6?10. You checked11. And saw you that I doubled 10 and skipped 912. I said saw you, not you saw13. I also skipped 214. You got tricked15. I’m just wasting your time go back to whatever you were doing.

  20. Hal Austin December 29, 2016 at 11:06 am


    You are one of the wise guys, but your comments are not original. Read the rest of what I said.

    • Bajan December 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Hal, I read it over a number of times. Criminals who are bent on violence will always use weapons including guns. The use of firearms to cause fear and commit violent crimes has nothing to do with G4s, the members of Rifle Clubs or the average citizen who has a licenced firearm(s). Taking away guns from the innocent-law-abiding citizen does not stop gun violence.

  21. Ossie Moore December 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Induced extinction at an axcellarated state is the present prugnosis diagnosed as a severe case of envious deeds, greed and envey. Synopsis is it don’t look good down de road ‘ cause it aint no road march!!

  22. SunShine December 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    If I was commissioner of police I will give the ok to hold dubs, then turn around an raid them..anything to get the guns of the streets

  23. Jennifer December 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    All who want “God” to come will be in for an awakening. “The lord is a man of war”. Ex 15:3

  24. Caroline Clarke
    Caroline Clarke December 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    How many came in barrels that was not found

    • Caroline Clarke
      Caroline Clarke December 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Too many coming into the country and into the hands of the wrong people

  25. Hal Austin December 29, 2016 at 2:03 pm


    If people are law-abiding and non-violent, why do they want guns?
    Take all guns out of private hands and introduce tougher penalties for those caught in possession of illegal firearms. If we go down the US road we pay the US penalty.
    Bajan, I do not now about you, but owning a guns is a tremendous temptation to use it.
    In Barbados you have professional gun dealers. What nonsense. We must agree to disagree.

    • Bajan December 29, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Truth is Hal I came home for the 50th Celebrations and everyday whilst in Barbados my greatest fear was that some idiots armed with guns would invade our home. My family and neighbours are living with the fear of being robbed at gun point or being caught in crossfire. As for the law, the Firearms Act has heavy penalties for firearm offences including discharging a gun in public.

      Firearms Act of Barbados CAP179 Section 21(a) states:

      A person who recklessly or without lawful authority or
      (a) discharges a firearm; or
      (b)otherwise uses a firearm
      in a public place and in a manner that places another person in danger of death or serious bodily harm is guilty of an offence and shall on conviction on indictment be sentenced to imprisonment of a term of not less than 15 years and not more than 25 years.

      For some reason this harsh penalty appears to have no effect whatsoever on these gun totting criminals. They just don’t care. We still hear rumours of men, including some on bail for firearm offences, walking around communities in open daylight with AK47s and other sub-machine guns strapped on their backs. And God forbids that a teenager who belongs to one of the many gangs, take one of these firearm to school in order to settle a score.

      My Enforcement suggestions:
      Set up a Special Firearms Crime and Recovery Task Force consisting of specially trained members of the RBPF, Director of Public Prosecution, H M Customs, BDF and Coast Guard. They have one mission: Get those guns off the street and bring offenders to justice.

      Legislate this Task Force as a temporary separate law enforcement agency with full access to the resources of their substantive departments, answerable only to a Director who is appointed by Cabinet.

      Update any intelligence gathering and surveillance legislation to enhance law enforcement capabilities.

      Get the legal profession, judges, Media, DEM and other social partners on board with this program.

      Educate the public.

  26. Guy Smiley December 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Why do police stress that these events were unauthorised.

    Are they saying that if they were authorised there would be no shooting?

  27. jrsmith December 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    We need stop and search you cant beat it, because it uncovers ,it discovers and exposes the criminals in many ways..
    Seems so easy to acquire a gun in Barbados , this little island is awash with guns.
    Wonder how many times ,many of those guns was used in murders or shootings in Barbados…
    Its only black people who is filling up (DODDS)….

  28. jrsmith December 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    @, Bajan, hail, hail, thanks for this, but you wouldn’t come to the conclusion this act exists in Barbados, I have never heard any one arrested with a fire arm and the act was quoted .

  29. Hal Austin December 29, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    One thing is missing, take guns out of private hands as a first step.
    Implicit in this argument is that it is only the boys on the block, the would-be robbers, with illegal guns. But the people behind the gated communities, those who import big containers of tat, the white community, are armed to the teeth. If there is a break down in law and order – worse than it presently is – a little hand gun is useless against the heavy arms that I suspect the the other communities have.
    Stop and search will be a tool used to harass young black boys as it is used in the UK and US for years.
    I suggest that you read about the so-called Sus laws in the UK, the 1981 riots and the introduction of the 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
    Read the Scarman Report. These are changes that came after the black community in Britain pushed back. By allowing private citizens to be armed will simply raise the level of violence, just look at the US, a country of 300m people with 400m guns in private hands.
    Look at what it does to policing, turning police in to occupation forces.
    The result is that the over-supply of arms from Vietnam were sold to local police forces and police were trained to use these arms. The result is paramilitary policing in every US town and city, with SWAT teams armed like armies In the process we have forgotten that police are there to police civilians and armies to fight eternal enemies.
    We are now scared of our own young people. Just after my 21st birthday I started working with members of the two biggest gangs in Britain, the Krays and Richardson gangs, I was not armed nor was I afraid. But I had to enforce the law and I did, until I packed it in.
    I was never assaulted nor sworn at in front of my face. Fair and firm. It is not impossible.
    We also have to look at other remedies for the crime epidemic: better education and qualifications, jobs, prosperity; give the boys (and there are mainly boys) on the block a piece in the future prosperity of Barbados. People who think they have something to lose do not commit street crime.
    As long as you have stupid magistrates sending people to prison on remand fore allegedly stealing $170, and idiot attorneys general attacking young women fore their lifestyles, and buffoons in the pulpit talking about getting rid of the blocks (when what we really need and want is proper accounting for churches’ monies) we will get the aggression and violence that is part of the social culture of a small island people.
    It is the only real weapon they have to differentiate themselves, when the real enemies live behind the gated communities.

    • Baj December 29, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Hal you are right about stop and search. Bad news for minorities especially young black men. Also the Courts need to be able to identify and separate social and welfare issues from criminal matters. And yes apart from enforcement dialogue with these ‘block’ boys must be a real and genuine effort. After all they are our sons and daughters, nephews and cousins. They are our neighbours. I hope somebody of great political influence read these comments by ordinary members of the public and at least discuss them with their colleagues in Cabinet, in Parliament, with their constituents in the community and with their families.

  30. Alex Oconnor
    Alex Oconnor December 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I heard d shots to…music ta d ears..i slept well

  31. jrsmith December 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    @, Hal , A, hail hail, I have lived in the (UK) for the past 50 years and have never had problems myself or my kids ,as like many black people did and is still having with the police ,
    I am still convinced stop and search would work in Barbados , but to enforced this type of policing means ,effecting the freedom of the protected ones in Barbados…
    As for the (US) the real problem is going to be the 50 or so heavily arm (Patriots Groups ) all over the (US)…….

  32. Jennifer December 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    If Barbados is 95% black with coconut coons at the helm then there would be mainly black in Dodds. While the true gun slingers relaxing. Any how as things heat up a bit more we will see lots more of this chorale going on come 2017.

  33. Jennifer December 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    @Hal – I agree with you on some of your points. One set of people you will not disarm is the white community for sure. so don’t go there. The white community will have to be armed to the teeth because they are also armed to the teeth with all the wealth/businesses, so they have a legitimate reason. Same in the USA, whose main goal is to disarm the black men while the other races go free. This is why when they get hit by them in an attack they are so shocked and call them home grown. In the UK the harassment of black men is abundant, while the other races with knives and guns get away too. All this time in Barbados the real gun criminals laughing and cashing in. A lot of our problems has to do with a lack of identity as a people, believe it or not. There are even reports of black police in the police force in the USA bringing harassment cases against white police commissioners for not harassing black more men as the jail system in the USA benefits off of slave labor. One of the issues with persons who have lived abroad. is that they want to bring the good the bad and the ugly from those countries here. As i said this rabbit hole goes very deep with Alice and company at the helm.

  34. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva December 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Crime is down and under control, chief of police reported this a few days ago. Where are the stats so we can compare 2015 to 2016 ourselves?

  35. Jennifer December 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Notice we can see a case of pattern recognition too in MOST of these crime cases – Lack of love for self and community. Lack of organization in the home and male leadership. In SOME cases a lack of a strong father in the home or a strong father figure. Lack of parental and child bonding and demonstration of love. Lack of self identity. lack of discipline, lack of demonstration of love between parents, lack of history, feminizing of black men, and the list goes on. It starts in the home from infancy, then into the kinder garden, schools, workplace etc. we need a spiritual overhaul. As we think so is our nation. I am tempted to say we need to go back to the village and collective way of living but i am afraid that the horse is now out of the stable and gone.

  36. Hewers of wood December 29, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    @Maria – This is another problem. you always have to take their word for it, never seeing any information published.


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