“Ten minutes of gunplay and shooting at football match”
“At least one from Boscobel Toll Gang involved” says witness
Contrary to a published news story that no locals were involved in the football-match shootout last Sunday night in Boscobel, a witness reports to Barbados Free Press that at least one of the gunslingers is part of the infamous Road Toll Gang that hangs out at the “T” in Boscobel.
The anonymoused email telling of the Toll Gang connection was one of several sent to Barbados Free Press about the shooting incident.
“The small man with the old round gun is one of them at the T” said the email. (We presume a “round” gun means a revolver as opposed to a Glock or other modern gun, although we’re guessing because we’ve never heard that “round gun” term before – Editor)
“Half an hour before first police come…”
Another person tells BFP that the police did not arrive for some 30 minutes after the first shots, but to their credit the police were not shy when they finally appeared.
One BFP reader comments that the Barbados Today story “Lawless” doesn’t fully express the full scene of terror and panic as the crowd of onlookers ran for their lives.
Each of the emails received by BFP is anonymous and expresses the fear about going to the police and ending up with attention from the shooters at the football match. One email states there were two groups of people with guns: one from St. Peter and another group from outside.
Why haven’t the police been effective in Boscobel?
The Boscobel “Road Toll Gang” has been terrorizing and extorting tourists and outsiders for at least five years. Thousands of tourists have been accosted. Hotels and car hire agencies regularly warn tourists to avoid the area. These thugs have been subjects of discussion at Trip Advisor and other travel forums for a full five years.
Barbados Free Press published our first story on the gang over two years ago on September 16, 2008. Since then we’ve published close to ten stories about the Boscobel Road Toll Gang – chiding the police and our political leadership for their inability to stop these thugs.
We didn’t break the story of the gang, we merely reported what was being said for years beforehand on other very influential tourist websites. The gang’s recent activities are still the subject of discussions at Trip Advisor and other important tourism forums: never no mind that former Prime Minister David Thompson emailed a Canadian tourist last March that “(Boscobel Road Toll Gang) has been investigated… I have received no other negative reports”
Obviously, Police Commissioner Dottin gave a song and dance to the Prime Minister because the tourist reports keep coming!
BFP’s articles about the Boscobel Road Toll Gang…
September 16, 2008 Barbados Police Helpless In Stopping Boscobel Road Toll Gang
Further Reading at Barbados Today
By Davidson Bowen
The long arm of the law is being accused of arthritic movement because of its response to a shooting incident in Boscobel, St. Peter last weekend.
Now that they are no longer dodging bullets and running for their lives, some residents of that community are livid over the length of time it took the police to respond.
Still shaken and not wanting to be identified for fear of being shot at again, many residents have also expressed disgust over the blatant disregard for life shown at Sunday night’s football match by gunmen openly brandishing guns from the not so small to the very big.
“Understand the ignorance, this whole thing started because a man was asked not to park and block a driveway. That is common sense. But he start to curse and carry on and the next thing you know he drawing a gun, other men drawing guns and their friends drawing guns and going to cars for guns,” said one resident.