Bajan shot and killed in New York

A Barbadian national who had been living in the United States for close to 30 years, was shot and killed last night while his son watched in horror, media reports in New York quoted witnesses and police as saying.

Forty-nine-year-old David Dottin, a Brooklyn father of two who purposely avoided the J’Ouvert celebrations, preferring to spend his Labour Day holiday quietly with family and friends, took a fatal bullet to the head at a gathering blocks from the parade route.

“I was just talking to him. We were talking about boxing. He got up and said he was going to put his chair away,” the New York Post quoted Dason Dottin, the victim’s 16-year-old son, as saying.

“That’s when I heard the gun shot. His body moved. I thought he flinched. Then he fell down. I thought he was going to get back up, but then I saw blood,” the teenager continued.

Dottin, who emigrated to the United States from Barbados in 1988, was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn after being rushed there with a single gunshot wound, according to police.

Officials said he had been hanging out with friends and relatives less than two miles away from the West Indian Day Parade route, when gunfire rang out shortly before 9 p.m.

Dottin’s 70-year-old mother Anna was quoted by the Post as saying her son had purposely avoided J’Ouvert for years, choosing instead to spend time with family and friends.

“He doesn’t do J’Ouvert. That’s not his thing. He would rather hang out with his friends,” the paper quoted the mother as saying.

The Post quoted witnesses as saying the shooter, who was still being sought by police on Monday, began blasting into the crowd randomly with a 9mm pistol before taking off.

Authorities responded and found Dottin unconscious in front of the residence and transported him to Kings County.

“I was shocked at first. I tried to shake him, but then I started seeing more blood. My uncle was trying to keep him awake but he couldn’t,” Dason said.

“It was hard. I couldn’t stop crying. I still can’t believe it. I asked myself why him? It wasn’t intended for him but why? It really hurts. Of course, I feel angry. It’s not my fault but I kept thinking maybe if I had just called him over to where I was, maybe it wouldn’t have happened.”


35 Responses to Bajan shot and killed in New York

  1. Sophia Sobers Ifill
    Sophia Sobers Ifill September 4, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    May he R. I. P

  2. Ryvan Springer
    Ryvan Springer September 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    R.I.P my sympathy goes out to his family and friends and coworkers

  3. Tracey Edwards
    Tracey Edwards September 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I am so very sorry

  4. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott September 4, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Everyone spoke highly of him, may his soul rest in peace and rise in glory

  5. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop September 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    This is so sad. Wrong place, wrong time. May he rest in peace xxx

    • Roc Kinn
      Roc Kinn September 4, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Sad for sure. Where he died is nearby the West Indian Day Carnival location. Tragically come Labour Day shootings are common place in and around the carnival.

  6. Rachel Worrell
    Rachel Worrell September 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm


  7. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks September 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    My condolences it is so sad

  8. Nikky Daisley
    Nikky Daisley September 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    My condolences to the family and friends

  9. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck September 4, 2017 at 10:23 pm


  10. Jacqueline Maynard
    Jacqueline Maynard September 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Rest in peace

  11. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace September 4, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Another sad, sad day .

  12. Jay Phoenix
    Jay Phoenix September 4, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    RIP David

  13. Andrea Scantlebury
    Andrea Scantlebury September 4, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    May his soul RIP AND RISE IN GLORY condolences to the families may God strengthens and comfort you all

  14. Joy Alkins-Elliott
    Joy Alkins-Elliott September 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I’m so sorry…condolences to his son and family.

  15. Shazz Harewood
    Shazz Harewood September 5, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Condolences to the entire family circle and friends

  16. Beverley Bellamy
    Beverley Bellamy September 5, 2017 at 12:11 am


  17. Philip Irie Clement
    Philip Irie Clement September 5, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Cha … Man ..not dave

  18. Ben Bella
    Ben Bella September 5, 2017 at 1:57 am

    God Grant his soul piece and comfort his family in Jesus name amen?

  19. Alicia Lewis
    Alicia Lewis September 5, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Dottin family!

  20. Barbara Greene
    Barbara Greene September 5, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Condolences to the Dottin Family and his extended family

  21. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett September 5, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Is that the pic of the 49 yr old ?

    • Paige Lorraine
      Paige Lorraine September 5, 2017 at 7:25 am

      You people like to criticize too much, weather he is 95 or 16 it’s a life lost, his children or family don’t need to see this kind of comments, prayer for the family that they will be comforted, what does his age has to do with it!?!?!?!? Come on man. If you can’t find something good to say, just say nothing at all.

    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett September 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Fb police, I ask because I don’t know what the person looks like,watchdogs…

    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett September 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

      There are times a story may carry and someone else’s pic is there….is it a crime to ask a question… I shudder to think

  22. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv September 5, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Them pretty crazy over there to,Black people like the youth of today crazy them have no natural common sense them got digital ones

  23. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor September 5, 2017 at 7:18 am

    God comfort this family . The senseless killings by guns Lord deliver us from evil.

    • Araya Sunshine
      Araya Sunshine September 5, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Guns don’t kill anyone. It’s the idiots carrying them.
      May he RIP and RIG.

  24. nanci September 5, 2017 at 8:24 am

    living in flat bush, and near surrounding areas of NY is like putting your life in danger, its over crowded, and all the crazy, drunken, and gangsters live in those areas. Most carribbean people live in those areas, and its like they think because they live in NY they can act anyway they please. Its a place to shop for bargains, and then leave. NY is a big place, and lots of nice quiet places, in other areas. That area most people just behave like animals. Also those brown stone apartments have a history of robberies, killings, you name it.

  25. Veronica Spencer
    Veronica Spencer September 5, 2017 at 8:29 am


  26. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price September 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Rip. Condolences to family and friends

  27. Cherry Matunda Heri
    Cherry Matunda Heri September 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Condolences to the family and friends

  28. Hartley Alleyne
    Hartley Alleyne September 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

    RIP. Mr Dottin

  29. Bobotheclown September 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm


  30. Margaret Ross-Salavarria September 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Ya know some people really don’t care about others, and what tragedies can do to families. I haven’t been to this celebration in almost 30+ years, not since there was a shooting. My twin sister and I never went again. Sincere Condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Safe travels to him and God’s speed. God, give his family strength.


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