Lashley calls for calm as gun crimes rock Christ Church

With gun violence claiming the lives of two male constituents within the last 24 hours, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Stephen Lashley is pleading with Barbadians to replace the gun with alternative means of resolving conflicts.

Thirty-year-old Shawn Omar Taylor of Lodge Road, Christ Church was gunned down on Monday night in Gall Hill, Christ Church, a short distance from where his friend, 40-year-old Orwin Les Moore died in a hail of bullets on Sunday night in Cane Vale, Christ Church.

The latest killings pushed the number of murders for the year to 23, surpassing the 22 recorded for all of last year.

The Royal Barbados Police Force has since announced that it would conduct a walkthrough of Gall Hill tomorrow, hoping to quell fears, as residents of that community have seen more than their fair share of gun violence in recent times.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY during a visit to the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) Grand Market at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this afternoon, Lashley said he was deeply concerned by the events that had transpired.

“It is certainly not good news to learn of in terms of gun violence. I have always had a very strict approach when it comes to the use of guns to solve problems. I have heard the news but I really haven’t had a chance to get the type of feedback I would normally get. But it is indeed a sad occasion especially for the family of the victims, and I am praying that the police can do the job that they are there to do and keep the wider community safe,” the minister said.

“We now have to find ways of resolving issues other than resorting to violence. It is a matter that concerns me and it is certainly a matter that concerns my constituency,” he added.

During the 38th anniversary parade of the Barbados Defence Force at St Ann’s Fort over the weekend, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite announced that Government would be bringing in the soldiers in the fight against the growing incidence of gun crimes.

“Recently, we have seen an increase in gun violence and gun-related crime which, if left unchecked, will result in further deterioration in national security and public safety of this island. The Barbados Defence Force will be called upon to support the Royal Barbados Police Force in ensuring public safety. You, the men and women of the Force, must stand ready to answer such a call to cull this scourge, this menace to our society,” Brathwaite said.

9 Responses to Lashley calls for calm as gun crimes rock Christ Church

  1. seagul August 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Lashley said he was ‘deeply’ concerned by the events that had transpired….Lashley needs to read the novel–Deeper soul–Ajani T. Inside are modern day remedies to face today’s crime.
    We live in a so called multiracial and multicultural society – and it’s my culture to say it how it is.

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

    With all due respect minister this is way past the calm talk.

  3. Tony Webster August 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    “Concerns”: another Chronic Non-Communicable Disease! More particularly, the Hon. minister is now seeking seeking a greater budget for all his good works, so that all may be well….with his seat…and his soul.

  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Gunners, youngsters and oldsters prone to killing with guns, the minister have requested that you put down the gun and replace it with alternative forms of resolving conflict. We expect you to adhere to the minister’s wishes as he is a minister knows very well how to create and resolve conflict.

  5. Shawn Pablo
    Shawn Pablo August 23, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    IT About time that the Barbados Defence force step in serious thing

  6. Belfast August 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This lot has not got the first clue who to resolve this issue, and as usual prefer to procrastinate, instead of seeking advice.
    Mr. Minister, unfortunately, most Bajans are praying for one incident in particular to occur, before this molasses government is spurred into action. Let us hope it does not come to that.

  7. lime juice August 23, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Stephen like uh camera

  8. straight talk August 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Stephen like uh camera

  9. Realics August 24, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Wake up an smell the calli . That’s what the bajans need to do before its to late ,its telling me they are letting the ones that have no value in their lives wreck others value lives .we love to talk too much and don’t do . I had enough of the talking people act upon your only life and secure it.


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