10 minutes of horror - Baby shot while hiding under her bed
A distraught mother yesterday detailed the 10 minutes of horror to which her family was subjected after gunmen invaded her Sunlight Street, Maxfield Park, home and fired a barrage of shots, one of which hit her six-month old baby in the head.
The woman said that she sought refuge under her bed, clutching her child, who was born premature, close to her, when the shooting began. But despite her best efforts, her baby got shot.
"When mi underneath di bed mi hear the shot literally lick pon di board (bed base), then mi hear mi baby scream out ... When mi look mi see blood coming from har head. Di only thing mi coulda do a say 'Mommy mi baby get shot'," the visibly shaken mother recalled.
The shooting, which took place on Sunday night, was the latest in a string of violent incidents that has been plaguing residents for months as rival gangs trade bullets.
The mother said that the family was trapped inside the house for 10 minutes, unable to seek help, even as blood spewed from the infant's forehead.
"Wi come out the house fi come get help but shot still a fire inside the house, so wi affi go back in and get flat again," she said.
Incident was frightening
The grandmother of the injured child said that Sunday's incident was frightening.
"When she say 'Mommy, di baby get shot', mi drag har out of her hand same time. Mi tun all idiot. Mi all run out and shot a fire same way. Mi see me granddaughter wid blood a run dung har face and then one time she never a mek a sound so mi affi shake har until she start bawl again," she said.
"Mi call mi sister next door and she seh wi fi come out. But by the time wi step out wi hear 'la la la la', and di shot dem start fire again. Shot a come from three different angles. So mi bawl out say di baby get shot, and a so dem start ease off," she said.
Three houses were shot up during the attack. Residents said that three rabbit kittens that were in a pen in one of the yards were also killed by the gunmen.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, said investigators have seized a firearm and arrested one man in relation to the incident.
The Kingston West Police Division has seen an eight per cent increase in murders and a 17 per cent increase in shootings since the start of the year. The mother of the injured child said she had sought to avoid the area due to the violence and was only at the house on Sunday because her baby had 'six-months clinic' at the Maxfield Park Health Centre on Monday morning.
However, in a cruel twist of fate, her child ended up in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound.
"I know God will make my baby pull through because I lost my first child in 2020 by a placental abruption, and I had her in 2020 same way. She was born 36 weeks, but she has developed well so far."