Residents of Brittons Hill, St Michael are expressing concern for their safety after one of their own was attacked and robbed at his home early this morning.
Police say 24-year-old Roscae Chandler was left nursing a gunshot wound to his upper left arm after five armed bandits broke into his home around 2:50 a.m.
Chandler, who was asleep when the thieves broke in, was awakened and was shot during a brief struggle with one of the bandits, who were armed with various weapons, including a gun, two knives and two hammers.
The victim was robbed of jewellery, clothing, cell phones and money before the unknown masked assailants fled by foot.
When Barbados TODAY visited him at home this morning, Chandler, who was treated and discharged, declined to speak on the matter.
However, those who live in close proximity said the violent incident had left residents worried.
“It has me very worried. I will have no choice but to be more vigilant now around my business and home considering how close it happened. I will have to provide some cameras now around the place,” one resident told Barbados TODAY, while adding that last night’s ordeal was the first of its kind in the area.
“We have never had no robberies here, we are pretty comfortable. But now I will have to be on the lookout. We don’t have shooting in this vicinity, so last night’s incident caught me by surprise.”
The resident also suggested that high unemployment might be contributing to a rise in violence on the island.
“Unemployment has a lot to do with all of these senseless acts of violence. That is the main problem. People are frustrated because of the lack of jobs.”
Another resident, who also requested anonymity, said she was feeling uneasy after the incident, which occurred a stone’s throw from her home.
“All now I am a bit jittery because I have kids. This morning I was lying down in my bed and I heard one long shot and I jump out of my bed, looking around and went back to sleep.
“It was only when I got up that I heard what really went down, but it is a frightening thing though,” she said.
Police said they were continuing their investigations into the matter.