Akeem’s horror

Shooting victim recalls Kadooment Day ordeal

Everything was going well for 18-year-old Akeem Hinkson of Chapman Lane, St Michael at the end of Grand Kadooment on Monday August 7, until the unthinkable happened.

Having enjoyed the street parade on Spring Garden Highway, Hinkson was walking home in good spirits.

Akeem on the Nature Fun Ranch tending to one of the horses.

However, before he knew what happened, he was lying in the street, unable to feel or move his legs. He was a victim of the shooting that took the life of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Ave Chapman Lane, and left some 18 people, including Hinkson, nursing injuries.

Hinkson was shot four times, in his hand and feet.

Today, as he waited to be discharged from hospital, having undergone successful surgery, the young man recounted the experience.

“I was walking and I got shot. My feet went numb and I fell down on the ground. I tried to get back up and tried to run, then I drop back down on the ground. Then I pulled myself to the sidewalk and I put my hands on my leg. When I took back out my hand it was bloody.

“I wasn’t frightened or anything, but I couldn’t move. I had to wait until the ambulance came. There was an ambulance down Spring Garden and I think the police called them,” he told Barbados TODAY.

It was a harrowing experience for the aspiring jockey, who has remained brave throughout the ordeal, and is simply looking forward to a speedy recovery.

“I’m feeling good. I had the surgery yesterday. It was successful and all the bullets were removed. I’m going home today, just waiting to receive the medication.

“Yes, I still want to be a jockey.  I’m confident that I will make a full recovery,” the Nature Fun Ranch member said.

So traumatic was the experience that the former Ellerslie Secondary School student, though still rather young, said he would never be part of Crop Over again.

“I tell myself I would not be going to Crop Over anymore. I used to go often but I done with that.”

Head of the Nature Fun Ranch Corey Lane told Barbados TODAY he was relieved that young Hinkson was alive and well.

“For me it was very hurtful, terrifying. I was almost at a loss for words about the feeling I felt when I heard that he was involved, and then the escalating feeling I felt when I heard he got not one, not two, not three but four shots. Working with the members of the ranch with the guys we have become like a family. And it is almost like one of your family members who was involved,” he said.

“Another thing that caused me great concern was that as someone who turned his life to be positive and then had dreams of becoming a jockey, then I heard that the shots went into his feet and his shoulder, I immediately started to think about his future, and that’s one of the things that had me greatly concerned,” Layne added.

He said Hinkson, who has been with Nature Fun Ranch for eight months, was one of the bright sparks at the ranch.

“He was doing fantastic in the programme. He was actually on his way to being promoted to a mounted troop team leader. He has been doing extremely well. He is very passionate about horses, very passionate about being a jockey.

“On failing one of his riding school tests he would have cried because he trained very hard. But he’s very persistent and very passionate about it. He’s one of the few members who, when push comes to shove, would try to get up to the ranch which sometimes is a challenge because of where it is. We have spoken many times daily and he is doing fantastic,” he said.

Layne also appealed to the authorities to do something to curb the rise in gun violence.

“It dawned on me that this is really a sustained problem. There will be highs and lows where this is concerned. We only seem concerned and want to react to these things when there is an increase in gun violence. That is a great concern for me. I think we need to have sustained effort right across the board to kind of bring this thing almost to the end,” Layne stressed.

davandrababb@barbadostoday.bb

3 Responses to Akeem’s horror

  1. John Everatt August 15, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Well this young man was very lucky indeed. It certainly could have been a different ending for him. I, like Akeem and many others, will not go near crop over again. Nor will I attend any events like that. I stopped going several years ago as I thought it was dangerous at that time.

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  2. fedup August 15, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I hope he fully recovers.
    The telephone ‘interview” from his hospital bed was in poor taste.

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  3. Tony Waterman August 15, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Oh fedup!!!!! Please shuddup, that Happens all over the entire World, what you should be more worried about is the Gang Bangers and their Guns, not a Telephone Call.

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