One moment Shane Nurse was talking to his brother Troy about the death of Dwayne Burgess who was shot during the St Philip carnival just after 5p.m. yesterday. The next moment he was lying on the ground gasping for breath, the victim of an apparent random shooting.
Troy told Barbados TODAY it was a numbing experience to be listening to his little brother telling him about the carnival which neither attended, then watching him being shot multiple times, at their home in Ruby, St Philip around 6:55 p.m.
“I ask he what happen at the carnival and he tell me that he hear a man dead while it was going on. Then quick so this thing happen,” he recalled, the pain of watching his brother die etched on his face.
Troy recounted that the 34-year-old father of Arkamani, three, Nzinga, two, and eight-month-old Candace met his death after he asked a group of men liming outside his family property where an after carnival party was being held, to stop throwing bottles into the yard.
“One of the guys say, ‘or what you gine do?’ So the same time my brother and I get up and went to shut the gate. As we get up this guy just open up fire on us out of nowhere.
“It ain’t like we know he, or we had anything with him. We don’t even know where he come from. He shoot at us just because we tell them stop breaking up bottles in the yard,” an angry Nurse complained, showing the grazes on his hand from the bullets.
“I could have been dead too because me and my brother was side by side. My mother could have lost two sons yesterday.”
Calling for justice for his sibling, Nurse suggested that the killers seemed determined to cause trouble. He told Barbados TODAY it appeared that prior to the shooting a car owner had spoken to the same group of men about using bottles to scrape his vehicle.
“So them just decide them gine do anything with anybody at that point in time. It was just a simple request. What kind of frame of mind you could be in that you shoot somebody for just asking to stop breaking up the bottles.
“To me from how things unfold he was just proving a point. You ain’t from out here, you ain’t even from St Philip but you breaking up bottles in people yard,” he added.
Nurse’s mother Junie, who was being comforted by family and friends, cried out that her son was killed innocently.
“He was on he grandfather step and somebody come which part he live and kill he just so. Just for telling somebody don’t break up the bottles in the yard, dem kill my child? That ain’t right man,” she said, amidst the sobbing.
The mother said she was not home when the shooting took place. She said, before leaving hours earlier she had a brief conversation with Shane whom she asked for bus fare.
“I tell he that I gine soon come back. And then I hear to come to the hospital because Shane get shoot. You know what it is [like] somebody telling a mother so?”
The family said Shane was a fruit vendor who had just ploughed a plot of land given to him by his mother. They said he made all efforts to stay out of trouble and always indicated that he had his young children to live for.
“He didn’t deserve this, my son didn’t deserve this,” the mother wept.
Shane was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by a private vehicle, but was pronounced dead on arrival.