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They Came To Kill: Families Relive Terror Of Montel Heights Outrage

A police car in the Montel Heights area on Sunday.

A police car in the Montel Heights area on Sunday.

By MORGAN ADDERLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

madderley@tribunemedia.net

RESIDENTS of Ethel Street say they have been left “traumatised”, “frightened” and “angry” following Sunday’s horrifying mass shooting at a birthday party that left more than ten people suffering gunshot injuries.

The tight-knit community was rocked by the incident, with relatives noting seven of the gunshot victims were relatives.

Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash yesterday told The Tribune police are following “some leads”, however up to press time Superintendent Shanta Knowles said no suspects were in custody.

According to police, 14 people were shot and three injured during the tragic incident. However, the Public Hospitals Authority has reported 15 gunshot victims were assisted at Princess Margaret Hospital.

According to police, ten of the victims were female and four were minors — the youngest of which is just ten-years-old.

Up press time, there were no fatalities and according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, seven people remain in hospital in stable condition.

Margaret Oliver, the grandmother of the youngest victim, told The Tribune yesterday the incident made her feel “frightened”.

Standing outside her home, where the party was held, Ms Oliver said she was inside preparing to bring food out to the festivities when the shots began.

Ms Oliver said she immediately dropped the food.

“I run from the kitchen, when I run outside, I see all kind of people on ground,” Ms Oliver said. “They…say it was a high power gun what shoot them.”

When asked about the victims, she noted some have been discharged while a few remain in hospital.

“They coming on,” she said. “They coming on…but (one) is really hurt.

“This a serious thing what happened…I hope the police deal with this, you understand? Because…it come like it was a drive-by shooting…To shoot all these people? They look like they come to kill.”

Krystal Saunders, 32, was at the party, which she said was filled with her friends and relatives.

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The moment of the shooting.

The moment of the shooting.

“We was right here in the middle of the road,” she said. “We was having fun, dancing and all we hear was ‘pap.’”

Ms Saunders said the partygoers assumed the first blast was a firework.

“When we hear the ‘pap, pap, pap’ again, everybody break off running, we realise it was gun. Most of us run in the back of this yard here,” she said, pointing. “And when we come back to the front, we meet the lil’ girl on the floor, just bodies on the floor, blood everywhere. All we could do was scream, cry, and try get everybody to the hospital. We tried calling the ambulance, but you know they is take long, so we ain’t even bother (to wait). We just rush everybody the hospital (sic).”

Meanwhile Ms Oliver said the shooting left her feeling “very frightened, angry at the same time”.

“Because it was just woman and children right here. Like, what would make somebody come out and do something like that? Because it was just kids and woman there. All the males them was down the road there. Ain’ no males them was right here for them to just come out and do some foolishness like that (sic).

“Everybody traumatised. For something like that to happen in the front here like that, and this our regular hang out spot, everybody traumatised,” Ms Oliver said. 

A neighbour who wished to be identified as Ms Johnson, 37, said her 10-year-old son was also at the party.

When the shots began, Ms Johnson said: “I break off running. My daughter say ‘mummy get down, get down’, I just break off running to go look for him. That could’ve been me, that could’ve been this yard as close as it was. And it happened after 12(am).

“It makes us feel sad because we don’t have this kind of things in Montel Heights,” she continued. “First of all, strangers come and shoot lil’ children, so it really hurts…Every day they sits over there and nothing happen. They had a lil’ birthday party and spectators come and maybe they targeted the spectators? So they came and they opened fire on lil’ children.

“We just praying for the set who got hurt and hope they make a speedy recovery.”

Comments

buddah17 9 months ago

There is a constant sad thing being continually said when these things happen. The ambulances either do NOT come, OR take SO long that victims have to be taken to the emergency rooms in private cars... WHAT and WHY does this ALWAYS seem to happen? Why can't a few ambulances be ON CALL and READY for ANY type of medical emergencies...??

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yeahyasee 9 months ago

It's really a sad situation they take long and on top of that 911 and 919 was down.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 9 months ago

You forget we live in a country with an incompetent Minnis-led FNM government that can't even keep us supplied with a reliable source of electricity.

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concernedcitizen 9 months ago

We have not had a reliable source of electricity since the mid 1970,s

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sheeprunner12 9 months ago

Who is "they"????????? ......... Typical ghetto cover-up of criminality, underhandedness, jealousy, relationship drama, $$$payback, corner control, and intra-family thug revenge etc.

No-see-ums

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BahamaRed 9 months ago

PLEASE, THE GUNMAN/MEN EITHER DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO SHOOT, OR WAS NOT AIMING FOR ANYONE AT THAT PARTY.

ANYONE WHO KNOWS HOW GUNS WORK KNOW THAT IF YOU CAN SHOOT YOU WILL HIT WHAT YOU AIMED FOR. IF YOU DON'T THEN YOUR BULLETS WILL HIT WHATEVER IS IN THE WAY.

NOW IF THEY WERE AIMING FOR THE PARTY GOERS AND THEY KNEW HOW TO SHOOT, I GUARANTEE THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN DEATHS.

SO CONCLUSION THEY EITHER COULDN'T SHOOT OR WERE NOT AIMING FOR THE PARTY GOERS.

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John 9 months ago

You sound disappointed that no one died (yet).

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BahamaRed 9 months ago

No, i'm saying they are lucky they didn't come to kill. The headline is incorrect.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 9 months ago

Their minds were probably fried from years of smoking genetically engineered weed....they couldn't aim straight if they tried in much the same way they can't even pee straight.

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concernedcitizen 9 months ago

most of the weed here comes from Jamaica and is not genetically enginnered

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TalRussell 9 months ago

How disturbing would it be amongst comrade populaces if the Montel Heights street corners talk be accurate about how party goers tried unsuccessfully calling 911 report raining down bullets firing everywhere - only discover later that 911 telephone number has been 'out service' weeks, yes, no...............minister people's security from his all is safe colony's perch, needs acknowledge it is so or talkie is 100% inaccurate.........

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mandela 9 months ago

Yet when these cowards are found with gun and bullets they are given a slap on the wrist maybe 1 or 1-1/2 years prison time, we ain't serious in this country, a person gets 3 to 4 years for cannabis which kills no one, and if it did only the smoker, but in less than 5 seconds 15 person could have been killed, thank god they were only injured but yet gun toters gets a slap on the wrist. JUDGES, MAGISTRATES, COURTS, GUNS KILL, CANNABIS HEALS.

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