It is time to end the black-on-black and poor-on-poor crime in Barbados.
That was the fervent appeal today by this country’s Ambassador to the Caribbean Community and retired politician Robert Bobby Morris as he delivered the Democratic Labour Party’s weekly lunch time lecture at the party’s George Street headquarters.
Morris, a former Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central, which includes Wotton, condemned the “scant respect” that was being displayed towards human life in today’s Barbados.
Residents of Wotton Terrace were sent into a state of paralysis at about 1:45 yesterday morning when gunmen unleashed a firestorm of gunshots indiscriminately, leaving a 16-year-old boy in intensive care and four other people injured, as well as damage to homes and vehicles.
“ [It is time to] put a stop to black-on-black and poor-on-poor violence,” Morris told the audience.
The brazen display of gunfire in Wotton was followed last night by the slaying of 46-year-old Ricardo Bryan of Retreat Terrace, Black Rock, St Michael as he was about to enter the Lucky Horseshoe Restaurant in Warrens, St Michael.
One day earlier residents of Harpers Land, Sargent Village, Christ Church were expressing fear for their lives after 20-year-old Demarco Polo Coombs was shot and killed in what residents believed was linked to a robbery the previous night.
“A disturbing thing is happening in Barbados where people no longer value human life as in an earlier period of the island’s history. People are killing each other.
“I have a particular affinity with Wotton Christ Church. I cannot believe there are AK47s in Wotton. That frightens me because I am hoping that is not part of the next 50 years going forward,” Morris stressed.
The former trade unionist suggested that the violence was linked to disputes over drugs or territory controlled by drug lords.