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Aug 26, 2014

Gunman Targets Two Men in the City

Rodrick Williams

Urban violence continues to plague the Old Capital and tonight one of two persons injured in a late night shooting on Monday remains hospitalized. Around nine-twenty p.m., eighteen year old Rodrick Williams and nineteen Aleem Richardson were at the corner of Elston Kerr Street and Iguana Street extension when a lone gunman came from the direction of Carters Upholstery and fired several shots in their direction. Williams was hit to the abdomen, hand and back, while Richardson was injured on his right finger. They were both rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and admitted in stable a stable condition. While police say that a motive has not been ascertained in this shooting, on August fifteenth in that same vicinity, thirty-one year old Charles Hinds Junior and forty-one year old Eldon Solomon were injured in another shooting. It is not known if the shootings are linked, but today, the uncle of Williams told News Five that his nephew is a basketball player that was senselessly fired on. 


Lancelot Flowers, Uncle of Shooting Victim

“My nephew mi di left from wa group of friends right up the street from where he lives and upon reaching the corner of Elston Kerr and Iguana [Extension] according to my understanding, somebody approach him and fired shots indiscriminately and my nephew get hit. But that noh make no sense because my nephew dah noh trouble man. My nephew name Rodrick Williams, wah bright basketball star, positive…it is senseless mein.”


Duane Moody

“What was he doing out there?”


Lancelot Flowers

“Dehn have wah group of friends weh heng up soh dah wah lee mechanic shop. Dehn usually learn and do dehn lee mechanic and play music and heng out; dah noh wah lee trouble crowd any at all so I noh understand why weh happen, happen.”

Duane Moody

“How many times was he shot and how is he doing now?”


Lancelot Flowers

“Well according to my understand dah three times ih get shot and right now ih deh ina stable condition and ih deh pan recovery. Thank God fi that because dah wah innocent life that, yo know brethren.”


Duane Moody

“It’s possible that he was not the intended target; that dah neva he dehn mi wah ketch?”


Lancelot Flowers

“Well I noh see how he coulda mi be the intended target mi bredda because as far as I concern—I noh live back yah, I live way on Jump Street—but according to my understanding my lee nephew noh give no trouble so ih have to be somebody else dehn deh after. And from the time dehn shot him dah because dah wah gunman weh noh got sense. I just thank god that the man make it through. I just want say out dehn to all dehn lee young bwai dehn weh di shoot people without sense, “It noh make no sense bredda; think about weh unu di do.” Look weh happen. Somebody get shot and dehn come and shot down dehn family right after that. Think bredda.”


Duane Moody

“This dah the second time something di happen right dah the corner of this lane.”


Lancelot Flowers

“Yeah mien; that’s why me noh live back yah none at all yo know breds because I done see back ah den yah areas di get hot too. And I always tell my sistren tell ih lee son dehn fi try keep them off of the street yah because dehn streets yah di get hot and the youths dehn di get cold and bold.”



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