Res­i­dents want drive-by shoot­ers ar­rested

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

A Fair­field, St Michael res­i­dent is call­ing for po­lice to take firm ac­tion there be­fore some­one is killed from gun vi­o­lence.

The res­i­dent, who asked to re­main anony­mous, was a wit­ness to Sun­day’s drive-by shoot­ing that left one woman nurs­ing a gun­shot in­jury af­ter gun­men un­loaded 15 shots at a bar in the area.

The woman said that con­trary to re­ports from other res­i­dents, this was the first time such an in­ci­dent had oc­curred at the bar.

She said she be­lieved the gun­men were tar­get­ing one of the shop’s pa­trons as con­flict be­tween two groups in the district es­ca­lated.

“Yes, there’s been shoot­ing, but it was noth­ing per­tain­ing to the shop be­cause the shop wasn’t open the last time there was a shoot­ing,” she said.

“There was a guy in the shop they wanted, so they saw the guy and that was it,” she added.

Gun­men

The woman said that while the gun­men were not from the area, they fre­quented the neigh­bour­hood, threat­en­ing par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­u­als.

Cit­ing the in­dis­crim­i­nate shoot­ing at the bar on Sun­day, the res­i­dent called on the po­lice to act be­fore an­other in­no­cent per­son was in­jured or killed.

“This is just a war that is go­ing on. Cer­tain peo­ple al­ready gone to prison for it and the other peo­ple that are out now shoot­ing again,” the res­i­dent said.

“The po­lice need to do their job too. There are chil­dren and peo­ple around here. The po­lice know who the peo­ple are. Are they go­ing to wait un­til some­one else gets shot?” she asked.

When con­tacted, act­ing pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Sergeant Michael Black­man said po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing.

He also en­cour­aged the pub­lic to con­tact the po­lice if they had any in­for­ma­tion.

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