Two shot

An impassioned appeal was made to the authorities today to take urgent action to stem the worrying tide of gun crimes following another brazen shooting incident.

Four days after deadly gunplay took Grand Kadooment revellers by surprise, the popular Fairchild Street Market in The City was the scene of the latest ‘Wild, Wild West’ episode as an unknown gunman opened fire, sending vendors, taxi men and pedestrians into immediate panic as they all scurried to safety.

However, the intended victim, as well as one innocent bystander, did not emerge unscathed.

Police this afternoon confirmed that a 41-year-old woman, whose identity was not revealed, had suffered a gunshot injury to her right thigh, while a male, in his 30s, was said to have suffered two gunshot wounds – one to his foot and the other to his back.

According to police, the victim was known to his attacker.

Eyewitnesses also told Barbados TODAY that the unidentified gunman had crossed the street and started firing at his intended target, with the shootout continuing all the way to the back of the City market in an area known as ‘Vincy Town’.

“They had two men standing up. So one come across the road and start to beat down at all two of them,” said one man who did not want to be identified by name. He also said the injured woman was socializing with a group of friends when she was hit by a stray bullet.

When the Barbados TODAY team arrived at the scene, there were bullet shells scattered across the crime scene, which was cordoned off by police. There was also a noticeable trail of blood at the entrance of the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, where the male victim reportedly sought refuge from his attacker before he was escorted out by security and taken by private vehicle for medical treatment.

“You should have seen me ducking,” said another eyewitness who was admittedly still in total shock over the incident which comes in the wake of Monday’s shooting incident that occurred during the climax of Crop Over and left 20-year-old Tareid Rock dead and at least 18 others injured.

Noticeably shaken up by the incident, he also demanded that the authorities find a solution to the increasing gun violence on the island.

“If they don’t start to hang people, all of this is not going to stop because the youngsters telling themselves that they are going to do this crime, they are going to spend this nine years, five years, ten years [in jail] and they are going to come out.

“That is the mentality that they have, that they are young and they going to spend time and they are going to come out,” he lamented while questioning what would it take for the authorities to start hanging people again.

Noel Reece, who frequents the Fairchild Street Market, was looking to purchase some lottery tickets when the shooting occurred.

Reece, who used to work in a funeral home, said while he did not fear death, he also felt that it was time for a re-introduction of the death penalty, which was last carried out here in 1984.

“People say that hanging isn’t going to solve the problem but what the Government got to do is try something because if you try something you know the public will be satisfied. Just try something, don’t say that nothing ain’t going to work. Try the whip or try the hanging, try something and people will be pleased with the Government,” Reece said, while criticizing recent statements made by Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite on the matter.

Noel Reece

“The Attorney General saying that hanging start in Trinidad and the crime rate still high . . . [but] nobody ain’t want to hear that. We want to hear we going to try something [and] if it ain’t work, we still pleased that you tried,” Reece explained.

The issue of crime and violence has been on everyone’s lips in recent days with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart recalling today during a national consultation that a study was carried out in 2005 by sociologist Dr Richard Carter for the Anglican Church.

It showed that 78 per cent of the people surveyed thought that crime and violence was the number one problem in Barbados.

And while contending that crime and violence did not happen overnight and it was not going to end overnight, the Prime Minister said: “We have to steel ourselves to deal with the challenges thrown up by these occurrences.

“Every last one of us has a responsibility to contribute to that effort. I assure you from the Government’s end it will do what it has to do to discharge its responsibility to ensure that Barbadians do not live lives paralyzed by fear.”


katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb.

10 Responses to Two shot

  1. Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 4:36 am

    We have a sad situation on our hands as a nation of black people without an identity. And this crisis is not only here in Barbados but also in all areas where this people are living. I will keep saying this – we as a people need mind RETRAINING. In order to prevent this pressure cooker from splitting the pot this people must regain their minds and concept thinking. What we as a people have is bodies without heads. Look carefully at many of these calamities and see who is always talking – the mother or grand mother. No men??????? Where are they at?????????? The mindsets of this people needs to be reprogrammed and it must start within the schools. Imagine we will draft in all kinds of filth
    for the children as mandatory but nothing for the re-newness of minds. Both the men and women need to be REPROGRAMMED. Until you hold this bull by the head this society will keep going down hill.

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    • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 4:46 am

      However, it is more beneficial to keep this people in their current programming that to change their mindset which will prove to be detrimental for the OTHERS. A society/race should function like a body, the head is the MALE as ordained from the beginning. The woman is the neck with the children and extending family being the body. What we have here among this black people is bodies without heads and in some cases no heads or necks just bodies running around. We as a people need to bring in men conferences and women conferences to discuss the decline in our societies. We need to eradicate a lot of imported cultures from among our people – and we can start with the ones the slave master gave to this people.

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  2. David Edghill
    David Edghill August 12, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Pray for de people of Barbados

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  3. Ishaaq August 12, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Black people shooting black people with not a care in the world. Live for today to hell with tomorrow. This is a Jamaican import that has been embraced by our children as they have nothing else to embrace. No job. No money. No future.

    Barbados needs a 10 year plan that starts with Law and Order and encourages investment in Barbados like what we done with Sandals. If you tax the life out of people then they have no life to live. People turn to crime as a last resort not as a way of life and once they have a taste for quick easy money then they are hooked.

    Nobody is going to invest in barbados without incentives and its as simple as that. Without investment there are no jobs and then the crime goes up and around we go. There are many companies and individuals that specialise in developing economies and with there help and without political interference there is no reason why our country shouldn’t flourish.

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  4. Alex Alleyne August 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

    @Ishaaq, Are you saying that this is a spill-over from the ZR culture where the filthy reggae music , weed and guns along with wild sex is now manifesting itself out in the streets of BIM ?????.
    Don’t forget that high on the list is the USA gangster rap and drug culture movies.

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  5. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

    @ Jennifer you are soo right in your concept of what is going on. We descended from slaves and nothing was put right with regards to building families or proper relationships. It is in Jamaica and other caribbean countries because they faced the same programming/conditioning…ALL were slave plantations.

    Mr Reece is right, you HAVE to do something rather than nothing but all we can hear is talk and nothing else has been done since these occurences started and I doubt if anything will be done. I call it Ethnic Cleansing ALL over the world, black people are targets for other races animosity and slavery was “every man for himself, families against each other, individuals against each other, it is evolved now to using guns against each other !! Change appears to be a thing for other races but not for the black race.

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    • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Samantha – some of the biggest set of blacks we tend to forget is the ones in the USA catching hell. I would bet this people do not even know what is the”devil’$ punch bowl”. The history is the problem and this established concept of individualism that this people have devised for themselves. With our mind destruction we have conveniently now segregated ourselves from each other. But why should we not come under such separation ideologies when the fundamentals SET UP for this people are all carrying separateness tactics i.e RELIGION IS SEPARATENESS and DIVIDE, POLITICS IS SEPARATENESS and DIVIDE, EDUCATION IS SEPARATENESS and divide, AND THE JUDICIARY IS SEPARATENESS and DIVIDE. This is why things will get worst. The other races are feeding off the mental destruction of this people and this is aided by our own black governments we put there in the political arenas or should I say the modern day coliseums.

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  6. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

    🙂 at your comments Jennifer… The men are not really black men, they were changed from their natural state, like the women. I see a good majority of men, playing dominoes, running behind woman after woman (slave studs) and drinking themselves into oblivion, unaware of their (European) programming. They are of little help to themselves or us.

    Willie Lynch said what they did was to reverse our roles, so you find very strong black women not frightened to stand up and make changes ie., Rosa Parks and the men are doing what they were conditioned to do…. stand in the background.

    Needless to say, many dont even believe they are African descent and even if they accept that, there is no following up of what that really means. Poor souls are lost and already destroyed, the older ones and the younger ones. And the Europeans dont want to pay Reparations but living off of us to this very day.

    Our best chance to to separate ourselves from their system because we have no chance with them as Leaders, as well as the Overseers that WE believe will do best for us, because they look like us.

    Yes, I agree that too much separates us, even the individual Islands they have that “we small Island” and JA is bigger, all this petty crap that divides us, that we chose to live our lives by. The people in Government may be black but they idolise the 1% and want to rich and famous like them….They are the European’s Puppets but look how they got our community because we trusted them !!

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  7. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

    And now I find us, doing the same thing as them…. We are talking expecting and hoping that they will hear our pleas and change course…..

    We need to take the Bull by the horns and take control of our own lives…. Can you imagine they Emancipated the enslaved people, who received no money or cattle in which to start their independence. They gave theym 12 years Apprenticeships where whatever they earned paid for the tiny huts they lived in.

    Now tell me, isnt that going straight back into slavery and we evolved from there…. These people were selfish to the core and most got paid to lose the enslaved people that werent really theirs in the first place.

    Apparently: The first English ship touched the island on May 14th 1625 under the command of Captain John Powell. The island was therefore claimed on behalf of King James I” http://www.barbados.org
    Who did the English claim the Island from, when no-one owned the Islands? Who did they pay for it? Why should the land here be said to be owned by the Crown when the Crown (Queen) did not pay nobody a cent for it.

    You know it makes you wonder. I thought we were all here to enjoy life and eventually die, but ordinary people are claiming that Islands belong to them CANNOT belong to them.

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    • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 11:34 am

      As far as I am concerned this people is like Nelson Mandela on Robin Island. No reparation will be paid sis. The Europeans will not pay you for their doings because they still have this people in the same position. While this people keep playing to their tunes. But I am not worried. We got a new widespread EGYPT and a NEW PHARAOH on our hands. But we know what our holy father did to that Pharaoh back then. Hardened his heart for destruction. Division also starts with the $URNAMES. You are still owned.

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