A bodybuilder who was hit by a stray bullet while on Browne’s Beach, a day after competing in his first Barbados National Body Building And Fitness Competition, says he is hoping the injury does not put a stumbling block in his plans.
Jamar Tiger Alleyne, 21, is recovering at home but said he is experiencing intense pain.
He was exercising on the beach around 5 p.m. yesterday when there was an altercation between some men nearby and shots were fired. Alleyne was hit in the left ankle.
As police investigate the matter, a visibly shaken and distraught Jamar told Barbados TODAY at his Farnum’s Land, Chapman Lane, St Michael home this afternoon that he was shocked about the “mind-blowing” ordeal.
“I feel unlucky but still lucky. The bullet could have hit me any other way or any other place in my head, chest or any place that is why I give thanks,” he said, noting that the bullet was still lodged in his body.
And while wondering whether he would ever be able to start the new job he was scheduled to begin today, Alleyne is praying that his ankle heals so that his daily training routine would not be interrupted.
“All I do is workout everyday. I am just hoping for the best because there is nothing that I can do at this point in time. I am hoping for the best that it ain’t nothing serious that could stop me from training or anything like that,” he said.
He recalled that it took a little while after he was shot to realize what had happened.
“I didn’t even know I was shot. I was walking and . . . I looked down at my foot and I see it bleeding, but I didn’t feel it at all,” he said.
After the shooting, Alleyne got a ride home and his cousin then took him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was treated and discharged.
His sister, Malika Alleyne said she was dissatisfied with the treatment her brother received at the hospital.
She said she believed he should have been admitted to hospital until the bullet was removed.
“He is an innocent bystander who get a shot in his foot. We went to the hospital and them deal with it and send we home with the shot in he foot still and tell we that he supposed to go to the clinic on Tuesday to get it cleaned up and everything, and we supposed to make an appointment today for Wednesday to go to a doctor for him to . . . see where it will go from there,” she said.
“He ain’t feeling good so I don’t know what happening. He saying that he feel lucky but at the end of the day he is not lucky because the hospital send he home with the bullet in he foot.”