Angry gunplay

Resident raises alarm, after close brush with death

“Where are the young people getting all of these guns from?”

That’s the question one angry Goodland, St Michael resident is asking following two separate shooting incidents which occurred within hours of each other between last night and early this morning.

The first round of bullets landed directly on Wendy Tudor’s doorstep, forcing her and other relatives who were in her house at the time to run for cover. However, by the time the dust settled and they mustered enough courage to get up from the wall behind which they were hiding, Tudor’s 21-year-old nephew, Devon Best, was grimacing in pain, having been shot twice in his left hand by an unknown gunman.

Wendy Tudor

Best, who was transported to hospital by ambulance and was subsequently treated and discharged, has since gone into hiding.

Though thankful that he was able to survive a close brush with death, his aunt is angered by the fact that her entire household  — including three young children — came close to losing their lives during last night’s shooting which occurred around 9:45 p.m.

Just over two hours later, gunshots also rang out at Fairfield Main Road, Black Rock, St Michael.

And though there was nothing to suggest at this stage that the two incidents were related, the second incident, which left 47-year-old Brian Cumberbatch of Strathclyde, St Michael in critical condition, was equally startling for residents.

In fact, Tudor said she was at the hospital with her nephew when Cumberbatch, who she referred to as the Rasta man arrived. He was reportedly shot in the stomach several times.

While particularly concerned that her innocent grandchildren could have fallen victim to worrying gun violence, Tudor lamented how times had changed in Barbados.

“Years ago it was a ‘Collins’ [machete] or a knife, and you could have talked out of your mouth and nobody ain’t want to do you nutten, but now you cannot say nothing out of your mouth, cause dem gine and dem coming back or dem marking yuh.

“When yuh hear de shout, dem shooting yuh, and it is not right,” the woman maintained, saying last night’s incident was the first time she had experienced anything of its king since moving to the area eight years ago.

Following last night’s close brush, she told Barbados TODAY she was forced to rethink her entire way of life, pointing out that it was usual for her to sit at the front of her home at night with her door open.

“I tell myself that I ain’t even doing that, cause de same way, if he [the gunman] did an ignorant person, when my nephew come inside he could have run through the house and start shooting wild and shoot all of we,” she told Barbados TODAY, while insisting that no one was safe in their homes anymore.

However, she suggested that her nephew, who lived between her home and her mother’s, was the target of last night’s surprise attack, even though she maintained he was not one to get into anything with anybody.

“As soon he went and get in the car [to leave home], we hear pax, pax, pax, pax, but we was hiding behind that piece of wall there. The first [bullet] hit the [car] glass and crack it . . . but the second one lick out the glass and my nephew put up he hand and it . . . came straight through the house,” she told Barbados TODAY, adding, “he don’t get in nothing with nobody but it is probably people he does be with and people have beefs, but he and nobody don’t got no beef like that, so that is why it had we so shocked.”

She also revealed that the perpetrator wore a gray hooded shirt, was barefooted and fled the scene by foot.

“It look like the body was there for a while. The body had opportunity to come out if they did want to kill he, but they wait til he get in the car then to do that. Then the body run and went down the gap by foot, cause de body was barefoot too,” she  explained.

Police are appealing to anyone with information on the two shootings to contact the Black Rock Police Station at telephone numbers 417-7500, or 417-7505; Police Emergency at 211; Crime Stoppers at 1800 TIPPS (8477), or the nearest police station.

They say all information received will be treated as strictly confidential.
colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb.

8 Responses to Angry gunplay

  1. seagul March 21, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Automatic magnums and magnum yachts are causing the destruction of the nation. And we perish for the lack of knowledge. We don’t have to accept this U.S culture forced upon us. No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in plowing a field as in writing a poem…let’s roll up our sleeves and live free….

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    • Jennifer March 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Seagul – Funny you should say knowledge, but the question is what knowledge??????????????? And who is responsible for this lack.

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  2. Helicopter(8P) March 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Why are so many being shot? Police psychologist need to investigate! The style of gun play seems to be vigilante, gangland style. I think the police detectives’ department need to do some thorough investigating into this wave of crime and assault on public safety. This type of behavior carries no value to the economics of the country. As a fellow Barbadian I am ashamed to know that my countrymen are indulging in such ruthless behavior which is more established with countries with high illiteracy.

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  3. Ossie Moore March 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    No. 1 : Common sense will tell anyone that the guns are entering the Island through the Ports of entry into the country.

    No.2 : Corruption including paying bribes and looking the other way exist at the Ports of entry.

    No.3 : Who controls the Ports of entry into Barbados ?

    Question : There are all type of races of folks with guns in Barbados , how come it’s only one particular race that’s shooting up and killing out it’s own race ?

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    • Jennifer March 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Ossie – This is a good Question. The other races know who they are, e.g the white know they came from UK etc from the origin of the Caucasus, the Chinese – china, Indian – Mumbai etc. Black man – you will tell me Africa, over 40 states which one??????????? MIND YOU I AM NOT MAKING EXCUSES. If they cannot get you one way they will get you another. PEOPLE know how these guns are coming in here. And if people are truly looking the other ways at the port, then they will be black people in the port at customs, who is involuntary helping to supply their people with guns. Mental lock down all around.

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      • Jennifer March 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

        Mind you the MEN who should be the head of the homes and families, who should be our race protectors is being removed.

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  4. lester March 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    i concern bout de nephew what he get in too, he gone into hiding i suspect that de nephew is the reason for the gunplay stop trying to patch up by talking about where all the guns come from. We have a bunch of enablers out there who know wha gine on but when it come to them door step hear dem, try and serve the Lord you and the whole family it could have been worst, and try and find ya nephew do

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    • Mara April 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      First off let me say, to many Bajans like propaganda and always ready to tell people about God wanna does don’t know people backgrounds and always quick to comment, but I hope you does praise God, secondly you don’t need to be concerned about the nephew you ain’t no police so you don’t have to suspect him of nothing mine ya business, in these days whether you in something or not but you with people that others don’t like or get along with them making you and others around you targets you fool, alot of wanna don’t be on these streets and fast to run up wanna mouth, you want to justify what was done was right, 3 children plus 2babies was in that house, how u want to justify people bringing that reckless behavior to people’s doorsteps, wonder if it was you what would you have said, yes them got enablers and they also have people that does be talking but in vain, and for your information and the person that print he hiding check wanna facts and make sure them correct

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