UPDATED: Latest radio reports indicate a purse snatching – and when the tourists resisted both were shot.
Does the Barbados Tourism Authority have an action team in place now?
Serious Injuries: 70 year-old man shot in side, woman shot in thigh
The debate over the ‘cash for gold’ businesses and the growing number of street robberies took another serious turn today when two elderly tourists were shot in broad daylight in the city. We are speculating that the motive was robbery because precious little information has made its way to the television and radio even 7 hours after the first report.
“Two tourists shot on a Sunday in broad daylight? Everybody should be working full days to find out what happened and to arrest those responsible.
We should be looking after the injured tourists and keeping their loved-ones informed.
We’re only talking our entire economy here, ya know!”
What we do know is contained in the Nation article below.
There are good and bad things happen to tourists all over the world, but Barbados has to this point maintained a reputation as a generally safe destination as long as people use the same care that they would when back home – doan be walking down dark sidestreets at 2am and expect nothing to happen. That is true in Paris, London, New York and Bridgetown.
On the other hand, if two elderly tourists can’t be safe on Hincks Street at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, then we have some real, heavy trouble.
Were they from a cruise ship or yacht? Perhaps taking a long walkabout? Did they take a taxi into the city for some shopping? That might be the case. On the other hand (and we are just wild talking here) suppose that the two tourists were trying to purchase drugs or engaging in some other high risk activity? This is just wild talking on are part to make the point that the information matters, and getting that information to the public matters too. Is there a madman on the run? Was this a robbery that went bad? Was it fallout from a domestic dispute? Bajans should know something more by this time than we currently know.
Only last week a Brit wrote to Barbados Free Press and said he and his wife wouldn’t be returning. (See BFP’s “With great sadness and best wishes” a British tourist says goodbye to Barbados forever)
What is known so far…
The truth matters and the BTA should be right on top of this to look after the victims and their families here and back home, and also to act as a liaison with the police to keep Bajans and visitors better informed.
Two tourists shot on a Sunday in broad daylight? Everybody should be working full days to find out what happened and to arrest those responsible. We’re only talking our entire economy here, ya know!
Tourists shot in Bridgetown
SUN, MARCH 17, 2013 – 8:24 PM
Police reported the shooting of two British tourists in the City around 2 p.m. The names have not been released but police reports state a man, in his 70’s, was shot in his left side while a woman, in her 50’s, received a gunshot injury to her right thigh. The shooting occurred in Hincks Street.
The pair was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they were being treated.
… from the Nation Tourists shot in Bridgetown