It was like a scene from the Wild Wild West.
Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) workers were sent scampering for their lives when two brazen men engaged in a shootout this morning in the Westbury Cemetery.
And just minutes later, a woman and her two sons were left counting their lucky stars after the same two gunmen left a bullet lodged in their home, inches away from where they were standing listening to the fracas unfold.
The drama began just after 9 a.m. when, according to SSA workers, two young men ran from the western side of the cemetery firing several shots.
A guard who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity said he had just arrived at work when he heard the gunshots.
“I just looked up and saw these two men running through the cemetery shooting at each other. I didn’t even run. All I could do was just watch them and see where they were going,” the worker of 15 years experience explained.
He said he saw one of the men armed with two guns, while the other man only carried one gun.
The elderly man reported seeing one of the men reloading his gun as he gave chase.
However, a female worker who also declined to give her name, said the incident forced the over 30 SSA workers to seek cover.
“It was a very frightening experience. Some of the workers went and hide because they were very afraid. My husband called to ask me where I was and if I was alright, and I had to tell him I didn’t even know where I was,” the visibly shaken woman said.
She recalled hearing more than 20 shots being fired.
The panic didn’t end there though.
Just a few feet away from the cemetery in 1st Avenue, Richmond a woman who gave her name as Pinkie pointed
to a section of her damaged house caused by a misdirected bullet.
She told Barbados TODAY she was at her door listening to the shooting when all of a sudden a bullet lodged in the roof of the house, not far from where she was standing.
She said she hit the ground immediately, along with her 20 and 14-year-old sons, who were also at home.
“When the bullet hit the house it left my ears ringing. All three of us hit the floor immediately because we didn’t want to get shoot.
“This is the first time I have ever experienced anything like this and I hope it is the last,” noted the dreadlocked woman who only moved into the house last November.
“I mean, we were standing by the door and the bullet didn’t land too far away from where I was standing. That could easily have gone through the house.”
Pinkie said she was told one of the assailants boarded a ZR van in an attempt to escape his attacker.
Acting police public relations officer Acting Station Sargeant Roland Cobbler revealed that police were investigating the incident which occurred around 9:06 a.m.
He said no injuries had been reported and no suspects had been questioned in connection with the incident.
Barbados has experienced a spate of gun crimes in the past several months, and last month Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith charged that there was an “abundance” of illegal weapons here, which he said were entering Barbados “through legitimate ports of entry” and were creating an untenable situation.