The mother of a St Peter man who was shot last evening and died at the rear of her house is demanding justice for her slain son.
Antoinette Foster, of Beckles Road, Orange Hill, St James, had a tough time today coming to grips with the killing of her only child, 31-year-old Renaldo, who became the country’s latest victim of gun violence.
“I’m not feeling good, I’m trying to cope with it,” the mournful mum said.
“No mother would take something like this well. I loved my child very much. I want somebody to pay for this. No matter what, this is not the way to take down nobody’s child,” Foster cried.
Police said that sometime between 5:30 and 6:00 last evening, Renaldo, who lived at Six Mens, St Peter, was at a residence in Orange Hill when he was confronted by a man and shots were fired. He ran to the back of the building, where his body was later discovered.
His killing has sent shivers throughout the community, with residents who spoke to Barbados TODAY expressing discomfort and concern.
“At first I knew nothing about the shooting until someone sent a video to my phone. I came outside then and I saw the police and persons from the neighbourhood, and that was around 6:30 way after everything happened,” one person said.
The residents said while there may be disagreements among the people of Orange Hill, the community was not used to this savagery.
In fact, one resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were strangers to gun violence.
“For me it is strange. You would hear shooting like almost everyday, but not in the neighbourhood. It is normally quiet. Orange Hill is two tales. It is the type of place where you don’t mash people’s corns, but I won’t say it is a violent place, but I also would not pretend that there aren’t any guns,” he said, stressing that while he still felt safe, the fact that the killing was this close to home had left him feeling uneasy.
“I have no fear in terms of my security. I feel comfortable at home, but the shooting puts a perspective on things and obviously I don’t feel good with the shooting close to my home.”
Another resident who has lived in the district for over 20 years said he had never seen “this sort of action” in his community.
“This shooting has me a little bit disturbed. I have been living in this community all my life and I don’t feel good to see what happened down here yesterday. I was out at the time it happened and when I came back in I here a man was shot, but I never went to the scene.
“It is a first for me because we don’t really get this sort of action on this side of Orange Hill. We don’t have no violence so I am really shocked about the incident,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“I don’t know what happened that would have made people shoot at him like that. I never saw him with no bad company but you can never tell.”
Renaldo’s killing last night prompted one Orange Hill resident to express concern for the well-being of the children, while demanding that more be done to put an end to gun violence.
“Right now this shooting thing has me a bit worried because in this gap alone we have a lot of little children who normally run about in this gap. If you look at the time the incident occurred as well, it is a good thing no kids were outside and that is the time that they are normally playing,” he said.
“I don’t agree with it at all. I personally feel that something should be done about it.”
Police have appealed to anyone with information that can help their investigation into the killing to contact Holetown Police Station at 419-1700, police emergency at 211 or any police station.
Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss assured that all information received would be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.