Police were up to late this evening not releasing the name of a man who was shot in the back during an altercation on a ZR van this morning.
The country’s latest shooting victim was in a Route 10 ZR travelling along Lower Collymore Rock, out of the City, when he and another passenger in the rear of the vehicle were involved in an altercation around 12:50 a.m.
The other man pulled out a gun and fired, hitting him in his back and sending passengers and the conductor and driver of the public service vehicle (PSV) scampering for cover.
The shooter fled and the wounded man also made his way out of the ZR, but collapsed a short distance away.
As a throng of onlookers gathered, the man was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance where he has been detained. He was expected to undergo surgery earlier today.
Friday afternoon traffic was reduced to a slow crawl as lawmen cordoned off part of the road to carry out their investigations.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY, police Public Relations Oficer Inspector David Welch said he was appalled at the level of violence in the country in recent times.
“I hope that with the help of persons we can successfully and quickly find the culprit or culprits because this is a situation that could have led to more persons injured, or even death,” he said.
Because witnesses to the incident fled, Welch could not say if anyone else was injured and he has appealed to witnesses to come forward to assist police with their investigations.