Mom hides 6-month-old as gunmen shoot father

May 16, 2019
Police cordon off a section of this road in Maxfield, where a man was shot yesterday afternoon.
Police cordon off a section of this road in Maxfield, where a man was shot yesterday afternoon.

A mother of three said she was in total shock when she realised that bullets were flying over her and her six-month-old baby's heads while they slept in their home in Maxfield, St Andrew, yesterday.

Jane Brown* told THE STAR that after the shooting subsided, she realised that John Black*, the baby's father, had suffered multiple gunshots. He was transported to hospital where he was admitted.

"Mi not even did know that he was in the house because he came here this morning (yesterday) and then left. He must have come to get some rest because he works the night shift and he was supposed to go to work tonight (last night)," she said.

Brown told THE STAR that she was awakened by the sound of her baby's voice.

Baby bawl out

"It is a one bedroom wi have and the bed that I was on was beside the window, and him on the other bed at the other end of the room. So a when mi baby bawl out an mi jump up now mi see the hand through the window and mi hear the gunshots. Mi just slide off the bed and draw the sheet with the baby and we go under the bed," she said.

A tearful Brown said that on multiple occasions, she told Black to leave the community because of an ongoing gang war. But he insisted that he was safe as he was not involved in it.

She said that yesterday morning when she returned home from work, she retired to bed with her baby because she was tired.

"The door was open so him must come in and close the door and a watch TV until him fall asleep. Mi tell him not to come and sleep here because we in the middle (of the war); the man dem pan either side seh any man dem catch, dem a go kill," Brown said.

The news team gathered that Black was sprayed with bullets as he slept minutes after 1 p.m. yesterday.

"He got three shots, one in his neck, one in his abdomen and one in his hand," she said.

When THE STAR visited the scene, police officers had cordoned off the area awaiting personnel from the Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

Brown is praying that Black recovers soon.

"Mi nuh think him know seh him get shot," she said.

Up to press time, the police's Corporate Communications Unit did not have an update on Black's condition.

*names changed

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