A church in Lightfoot Lane proved no sanctuary from the gunplay plaguing the nation, as the Christian Mission Church became the latest scene of a shooting on Sunday afternoon which left a Bush Hall, St Michael man wounded.
“Disgraceful,” was how resident Keith Bond Agard described the incident in which Wayne Barker, 38, was shot.
He said he ran to see what occurred after he and his brother heard seven gunshots emanating from the area.
“‘Skipper, I hope the young boys ain’t playing with toys,’” Agard recalled telling his brother.
“‘No Bond that is gunshots.’ In a second, people was running down the road. I get up and I went down there. So, when I went down there it was next to my brother’s house,” he said, adding that soon afterwards, police arrived on the scene and cordoned off the area where Barker was shot.
What disgusted Agard, he said, was that the shooting occurred outside a place of worship while services were being held.
“It is more than disgraceful. It is very insulting. It is something that should have never happened especially with church going on. But as I said once I will say it again this is a different generation.
“To me, it is a different generation whenever you look at what is going on today. People do not check what is really going on it is a different generation. Some of these guys don’t care. No one could tell them anything as they are on their own. Some underage and some to age, they just don’t care,” he said.
While leaving everything in the hands of the Almighty, the elderly resident suggested to Barbados TODAY that greater police presence was needed especially at night to protect the people of Lightfoot Lane.
“People [are] speaking about wanting hanging coming back but I just leave everything in the hands of God. They need more policemen presence to come through Lightfoot Lane more regular,” he said.
“Police could be [seen] patrolling through the entire area. They used to have it one time where the police used to come through the area and you could speak to that police. I think they want something like that more especially at night. That is the time that we have to be very scared out here,” Agard added.
An elderly woman, who declined to be identified, said that she was sitting in her living room when the incident occurred. She was brought to tears as she noted that she had known the man who was shot as he did some work for her last December.
“It just did so sudden. I can’t believe what went down. I only hear pax, pax, pax,” she said as she wiped streams of tears from her eyes.
Another resident who wished to be identified as ‘Minerva’ said the ordeal left her so traumatized that she was unable to sleep on Sunday night.
“It is discomforting and it made me afraid. I was so afraid I did not sleep,” she said, predicted the event would fulfill biblical prophecy.
“I know nothing is sacred anymore and I know it is closer to the Rapture and things will become worse; this is the tip of it,” Minerva told Barbados TODAY.
Another shocked resident who wished to remain anonymous said that she was in the kitchen when the shooting occurred.
“I was in the kitchen. When I came out, I hear pax, pax, pax and went back in the kitchen ‘cause I was cooking. I never witnessed anything so yet. I did not come out [of my home],” she said.