Trigger happy

Deacons rocked by sudden gunfire

Residents of Deacons Farm, St Michael got a rude awakening Wednesday night, as the sound of unbridled gunfire took hold of the community in the dead of the night.

It was around 11 p.m. when the shots rang out, catching many by surprise and throwing them into immediate panic and despair as they were literally shaken out of their sleep.

At the end of the worrying gunplay, no one was injured but several power lines were affected, throwing sections of the community deeper into darkness.

Up to late Thursday evening police were still seeking to get to bottom of the incident.

And when a Barbados TODAY team visited the area Thursday evening, it was met with a mixed response from residents, including some who simply did not want to get into any public discussion on the matter.

“Informers ‘haffi’ dead,” shouted one female resident as soon as the team arrived in the area.

Another man told Barbados TODAY he was simply not prepared to speak to the media for fear of victimization, while a woman, who was equally fearful, said she was lying in bed when the shooting started.

The Deacons, St Michael area where multiple shots rang out around 11 p.m.

Amid varying accounts of how long the shooting drama lasted and what would have triggered the incident in the first place, one outspoken resident, who was seemingly completely unfazed, revealed that “this sort of thing happens down here all the time”, even though he suggested that Wednesday night’s episode was mild in comparison to what has now become the accepted norm.

“It wasn’t a sustained gunfire, it happened for a couple of seconds, about ten, and then it went off. It was about 15 shots,” he said, while recalling that a similar incident had occurred at the beginning of this year.

“New Year’s, in the morning . . . had a bunch of shots after the fireworks,” he said.

The resident, who did not want to be identified by name but spoke freely about the situation, also revealed that there is currently a “war” going on, which he said was responsible for “a lot of people get killed recently”. He did not go into details.

However, another resident suggested that Wednesday night’s gunplay was not as a result of any violent disturbance or confrontation, but that it was really a “celebration” of news of the release of convicted killers Richard Haynes and Vincent Edwards, whose death sentences were overturned by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice on Tuesday.

The men, who have been linked to the area, were set free after the CCJ, which is Barbados’ highest court, ruled that the Director of Public Prosecutions could not uphold Edwards and Haynes’ convictions due to the presentation of insufficient evidence against them.

“They [Edwards and Haynes] got freed, so they [gun-toting residents] had a celebration for them, so probably that is what it was all about,” reported another resident, who told Barbados TODAY he thought he heard at least “a hundred shots last night”.

The area known as the “Red Sea”.

“They had a huge party up there [in the area of the Red Sea] and get and do bare foolishness. Them shoot up in the air and the shots hit the power lines . . . .  Man we feel it’s cause the two men that come out yesterday,” an angry female resident said, while an equally shaken male, who also did not want to be identified by name, said that “from the amount of bullets, I thought it was a shoot out with the police”.

However, that theory was immediately dispelled by another man, who said, in the absence of police sirens, “I personally didn’t figure that nothing big happen”.

As a WhatsApp voice note of the ugly incident made the rounds on social media, all that police would say in a statement issued this afternoon by Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler is that they were conducting investigations into the reported gunfire.

When pressed for further comment, Cobbler assured the public that police were working diligently to rºid the streets of Barbados of firearms.

“There are still too many gun related crimes being committed. We are renewing our plea for persons to come forward and assist us,” he said, after Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith last week revealed that firearms were used in 15 of the 19 murders committed so far this year, representing nearly 80 per cent of all unlawful killings.

This compared to 16 of 22 for all of last year, or 72 per cent of murders.

Source: (AGB)

16 Responses to Trigger happy

  1. Joy July 28, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Why didn’t your article mention that Andrew Pilgrim was the Attorney that got these men freed?

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    • Leroy July 28, 2017 at 8:55 am

      The article was about sustained gunfire and not necessarily about the CCJ ruling.

      It really doesnt matter which lawyer unless u have Mr. Pilgrim in your mind, could be any defense att worth his salt to argue this case and win.

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  2. John Everatt July 28, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Wow and nobody seems unduly alarmed about this. Guess it is the new norm here in Barbados.

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  3. Johnathan July 28, 2017 at 4:40 am

    You would not believe it was the Red Sea bad boys celebrating the release of the two murder victims who were freed earlier in the day. Shows how many guns are down there…

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  4. Rick July 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

    “Informers ‘haffi’ dead,” shouted one female resident” the media should have turned the camera on the person that made this comment so everyone could see who said it

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  5. Sam Clarke July 28, 2017 at 9:04 am

    This is what you get when there is an intersecting of gangsters and politicians. The police must be allowed to handle these machine gunners that reek havoc in communities.

    The people of Barbados must not allow petty drug dealing gangsters to whole a community hostage, because they buy a community out with hand out of food and a sport events, must not be allowed in this country.
    The fear that these few miscreants have on the farm and its surrounding environs, must come to an end. The commissioner of police must go to these areas and let the residents know, that under his watch, this must end. for the elected official has been an abysmal failure, and at times seem to give these scoundrels legitimacy.

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  6. gsmiley July 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Joy they don’t have to say that in every article they write about the men who were freed.

    How many times do they have to say that it was Pilgrim?

    And what difference does it make anyway to this article?

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  7. jrsmith July 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Who should bajans be scared of , politicians or ***t heads .. black people carrying guns , is no big deal, providing they dont shoot white people……. So far so long its black on black its okay .. young black men so clever, give them a gun they end up at (DODDS.)………………………………………………….

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  8. Milli Watt July 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I can’t get a license to carry but I got to fall victim to crack heads from the ghetto stupse……….to the COP allow more citizens to carry to balance this scale OR DO YOUR JOB FOR WHICH YOU ARE PAID BY TAXPAYERS AND GET THE GUNS OFF THE STREET.

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  9. Joy July 28, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Leroy and jrsmith it makes a difference because many of the clients whose rights people are so quick to defend have done major harm to innocent people, including taking lives, without regard for the rights of the people they harm.

    Who is advocating for the victims? Who is advocating for the women and children who could not sleep on Wednesday night or had to cower in fear in their own homes!!!

    Mr. Pilgrim isn’t living in the Red Sea!!!

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  10. Kevin July 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    They know who have guns from who dont. Call crime-stoppers and leave an anonymous tip.

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  11. Nel Blackie July 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    This is not the farm by the way

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  12. Belfast July 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    NOT ON MY WATCH!!!

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  13. jrsmith July 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    @, Joy , hail, hail, your (1:25 pm) very good shot, but you must please forgive me, I am not living in Barbados at the present time …………………………I come and go, but believe me the last time my family and I shed a tear when that serious accident which killed our regional ( ST, Vincent ) daughters and ( Bajan Son) cried ,………. that not a big deal statement , was aiming at the political dont cares ….. trust me I do love my bajan people and I do care…….It hurts me to see where we are going …………….

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  14. Saga Boy July 28, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Some of you blame everybody except the parents and the criminals themselves. When the police start stopping cars and searching then you hear of harassment. This society is breeding too many intolerant people as well. They no longer go to Sunday school and respect their elders. All of us have to speak out against foolishness and lawless behavior. I drove behind a minibus today at 20 km per hour because it was empty. As a result a long line of vehicles were held up. People ready to take out the police because they the criminals want a free reign. We need the cooperation of all citizens so that when the police do their job they will be motivated to continue. And we need a judiciary that is fair and effecient. The love of money which is the root of all evil is behind this state of affairs. This is one reason the system is breaking down.

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  15. Sati July 28, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    There are too many under handed government and security officials. That is why so many guns are in the country.

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