Say sorry, Paul implores shooters

Turn yourself in and say sorry!

This plea from Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul to the perpetrators of Monday shooting on Spring Garden Highway that left one man dead and at least 18 injured.

“Ask for forgiveness. They need to ask those people that they did those horrible things to, to forgive them. They must be willing to take stock of their lives. Put down those guns. At the end of the day, they are not going to benefit from them. Let us try to see if we can work a programme to help them,” he told Barbados TODAY, less than 24 hours after one of his Cabinet colleagues had suggested the perpetrators should pay with their lives.

Gunshots rang out on Monday during the climax of the Crop Over festival, sending revellers and bystanders scampering for safety.

Twenty-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Ave Chapman Lane, St Michael was killed and several people were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for gunshot wounds.

Lawmen have since launched an appeal for any information to help in solving the crime.

Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith yesterday revealed there was enough evidence to link the shooting to gang rivalry, but he suggested it was a tough fight for lawmen, with more than a dozen gangs in the area surrounding the incident.

Paul’s constituency and St Michael North West, which Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler represents in Parliament, have both  been named as problem areas.

But suggesting that he could neither confirm nor deny the commissioner’s information, Paul told Barbados TODAY his main focus was on individuals whom he saw, and not on a label.

“I don’t look for gangs. I don’t see gangs. When I go out there I speak to people as individuals. I try to understand what the issues are and try to deal with it. From that point of view, I can’t tell you that what I see in front of me are gangs. I know there are areas where people lime together in the community [and] there are some areas that are problematic.

“I will not to tell you that there aren’t, but that is up to the residents to sort that out themselves. That can only happen if there are programmes that allow you to go into the community and try to deal with these issues,” the Government backbencher stated, while calling for the introduction of more social intervention strategies.

He said the young people on the block were “quite rational, they’re quite educated and they understand what the issues are”, and they need to be respected.

“We have to respect them and understand that they have points of view and they are going through things and we have to aid them. Unfortunately, we have people coming to them now with alternatives and they are being exploited by these people for their own interest.

“That is why we cannot give up on them because at the end of the day, those persons are who are pushing the guns or the marijuana or whatever are doing it for their own purpose.  They are the ones that are profiting at the expense of our young people and we have to have a commitment to work with them.  I don’t think we should give up on them,” Paul added.

33 Responses to Say sorry, Paul implores shooters

  1. Keely Christina Yang Jackson
    Keely Christina Yang Jackson August 10, 2017 at 1:29 am


  2. Sandra Adams Bacchus
    Sandra Adams Bacchus August 10, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Sorry don’t cut it
    The gravity of this heinous act and you asking these thugs to say sorry
    Look at how these innocent people got hurt and many more are hurting today the families of the dead teen is hurting I am asking why so much violence and lost of lives , sorry is a very small word in a huge space what needs to be done authorities need to start from the top and eradicate the big boys who is in control of these weapons and the cause of this upsurge in murders in Barbados hold up the carpet and pull out the dust ,you all have answers but seems you all hands tied up
    Woke up this morning to the song of crying a mother shedding her tears and asking How and why …..

  3. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith August 10, 2017 at 4:40 am

    What can sorry do

  4. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce August 10, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Neva a dull moment when dis dude speaks

  5. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar August 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Sorry doesnt always come from within its just a 6 letter word think these idiots care smh

  6. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke August 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

    This is hilarious you are asking individuals that saw fit to open a illegal weapon in a crowd of innocent bystanders to apologise. Really and you think that they have that level of empathy in them. Sir you are wasting your time.

  7. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis August 10, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Say sorry DEMs for raping and robbing Barbados

  8. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury August 10, 2017 at 6:10 am

    ” Sorry killed a man on a lorry “. Stupess. What rubbish are you talking. You think sorry could take away the pain of losing someone due to senseless shootings.

  9. Ryvan Springer
    Ryvan Springer August 10, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Smh… More need to be done innocent people are dying at the hands of the so call gang members and families are being destroyed.

  10. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke August 10, 2017 at 6:25 am

    ” You don’t have to say you’re sorry cause the damage already done “

  11. Jewel Green
    Jewel Green August 10, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Wha sorry gine do. Raise the dead? I convince we in big trouble

  12. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 10, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Stupes what is sorry going to do typical politician talk talk but that’s it,Barbados pass the talking stage.

  13. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid August 10, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Sorry??? Sorry to who? You feel this is 2 children in a play park in a scuffle and they apologize? It ain’t that kinda show James

  14. Calloutlies August 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

    These guys are so disconnected. Everybody want to get in the do, so just open your mouth and sound like a dodo.

  15. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 10, 2017 at 7:04 am

    These guys think everything is a joke .i have nrver people love to hog the spotlight like these Government officials half of them got a face only for Radio…shut your ass up !!

  16. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor August 10, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Scratchng my badword head all now…….

  17. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith August 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

    This man got jokes,now tell me how is that going to happen,if you think these criminals are going to surrender and say sorry,you sir are living in LaLa Land.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray August 10, 2017 at 7:35 am

      You know these just wake up from a 9 year slumber.

  18. Melissa Griffith
    Melissa Griffith August 10, 2017 at 7:18 am

    lollllll say sorry lollllll wellll weellll the same men are lolll cause you sound stupid

  19. Jus me August 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Ho ho ho!
    Its Christmas and I believe in Santa
    WTF,yuh ijjit.
    Yuh ent relative ah Sleepy?
    Could be.
    How much we pay youMr?
    Cos ifn it Nuffin
    Its Double what yuh wuff.

    Yuh jus a big errection,get excited , spout off bout nuffin,
    then collapse into yuh usuall useless flacid state,while de blood get back tuh yuh brain

  20. Anna Bovell
    Anna Bovell August 10, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I think the more powerful end of the statement was the request for the offenders to turn themselves in….. I’m just saying.

    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks August 10, 2017 at 7:53 am

      It is but these yutes,are not going to do it. They don’t see it that way. I read the other day that they said they had 15 and 16 yrs old, that are ready to die. They don’t fear anything. That’s the level of mentality that is out there.

  21. Tappin Linda
    Tappin Linda August 10, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Not dealing with reality minster !

  22. Ernesta Catlyn August 10, 2017 at 9:35 am

    If a person is really sorry you do not have to ask them to say it. You have to feel remorse to say sorry Mr Paul

  23. jrsmith August 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

    People please , stop expecting anything worth while from our clowns in government , they are so educated but needing education ……………………

    • Jennifer August 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Hahahaha. Spot on.

  24. mervin Kellman August 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Turn yourself in and face the full extent of the law. Repent all you like while you rot in DODDS for the rest of your life.

  25. Helicopter(8P) August 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Brother it’s not about giving up on the young men and women it’s about educating them on civil society and public safety on the nation of Barbados. How can any of these persons represent Barbados internationally under a The United Nations body of affiliation? I would not think that Barbados is now one of the world’s suppliers of degenerates! ( this is in response to the persons responsible for Monday night’s cannibalism)! Remember! I do not remember reading the cat o’ nine tail was removed from the law books of Barbados, it is not recommended but I think it’s still on the statutes .

  26. Ossie Moore August 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    In the early sixties Frank Pardo and later in the seventies Alfred Pragnell would announce the musical serenade ” Music to Remember” but now 2017 our Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson must introduce by announcement “Cat O Nine to Remember”!

  27. Randolph August 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    What programmers are you and your government putting in place to assist these young men.Like Denis Kellman ,Paul is a real joker.

  28. Outsider August 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Bro James i have a lot of respect for you r u in fantasy land

  29. Marva Lashley-Todd August 11, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Sorry killed a man pun a lorry 🙂


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