Just when residents of the Ivy, St Michael thought that gunplay in their community was over, it flared up again in the wee hours of this morning.
On this occasion, 68-year-old Verra Dickson narrowly escaped serious injury, or even death, when a bullet pierced her home and lodged in the drawers of a dressing table in her bedroom.
Dickson, who was asleep at the time of the incident, told a team from Barbados TODAY that she counts herself lucky to be alive.
“If the bullet did not penetrate the drawers it would have struck me in my head and I would have been a dead woman this morning,” she said.
“This morning around 12:30 to one o’clock I heard this big bang . . . When I heard the noise I got up and looked through my bedroom window and I saw a tall young man dressed in black in an open space above my house. He began to shoot but the gun jammed and then he ran across Blenheim Playing Field and fired off the remainder of the bullets. They are very lawless in this avenue. There are many young people who are involved in a lot of fighting in this avenue,”
Dickson, who has been living in 6th Avenue, for the past 23 years, maintained that the road on which she lives is “the trouble spot” in the Ivy.
The concerned pensioner said she would like to see peace and calm return to the neighbourhood.
“There is one house in this avenue where everybody gathers and drinks and then there is a lot of confusion. The youngsters who gather at the house were not engaged in the shooting, but the gang came from other districts,” she complained.
In June this year, a police team headed by acting assistant commissioners Eucklyn Thompson and Erwin Boyce held a walk through of the area, after several incidents of gunplay and other violence in the community, in an attempt to calm the fears of the residents.
During the interaction with the residents, Thompson said even though consideration was given to the construction of a police outpost in the area, there were no definitive plans.