Gunfire rocked the community of Thomas Gap, President Kenny Drive, St Michael early last night, leaving residents feeling a sense of dread.
According to police, no one was injured during the shooting which occurred around 7:45 p.m. However, two vehicles and a house were damaged.
Coincidentally, ambulance personnel were on duty at the time along Thomas Gap main road, where they were responding to a report of a man collapsing along the road, approximately 200 to 300 metres from where the shooting occurred.
While no one wanted to be identified or photographed due to the nature of the situation, those who live in the area said they were unsettled by the gunshots.
“I won’t lie, I hear a lot of shots,” one resident told Barbados TODAY.
“Apparently the ambulance came into the area because they had a report of someone collapsing and it just so happen that the shooting went down the same time.”
According to the resident, while there had been outbreaks of gunfire in the area in the past, it had never happened “so close to my house”.
“I know [gun] activity would go on in the area but last time that was too close to home. That is the worst.
“I don’t like to hear no shooting. Yes, I am concerned but in this time you can’t be afraid. Couple years back you would hear shots because of the parties that happen around here but that finished with, so last night surprise me,” the resident added.
Though admitting to being somewhat concerned, another resident told Barbados TODAY the community ought not be too scared over the incident.
“I don’t feel it is anything for the neighbourhood to be scared about because it was a personal thing. Just that gunshots were involved that made it serious, but . . . nobody should be frightened.
“Nobody don’t like the shooting; it is a reason for us to be concerned. It was a surprise to hear all those gunshots. It is only common sense that everyone would be worried,” he said, while recalling the entire episode.
“What happen is the ambulance came up in the area and the man hear shots. A fella get drunk and was foaming so the ambulance was called for him and when the ambulance come now that scene play out.
“The ambulance man jump back in the scene now and take off. Imagine you don’t know what is wrong with this man and next thing you hear shots. I would have done the same thing. I would have run from here to the airport,” he stated.
Another resident of the community added: “I was on the road when it happen, but normally when you see the news start to come on I does come inside, but I stand and hear the shots. You have to feel concerned because it happen really close to me. I hear about seven, eight shots, that is the truth. I was so frighten I was trying to get on my bicycle and couldn’t even get on. But you see this shooting thing, I think it is bare foolishness,” he concluded.