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Aug 11, 2011

Nelson Bowen shot in the thigh

Nelson Kareem Bowen

Also in the city, around four on Wednesday afternoon after several shots were fired; thirty year old Nelson Kareem Bowen was hit in the right thigh. A lone gunman on a bike believed to be from the Ghost Town Gang rode up on Sarstoon Street and opened fire across the canal at Bowen’s home on Sibun Street. Today, News Five spoke with the sister of the injured man, who wished to appear off camera. She says that the shooting is connected to gang rivalries. But they accused the police of triggering the situation. Plunkett says that the incident has only served to stir up emotions over her brother Kenyon Plunkett who was killed in April of this year.  Plunkett also claims that her brother’s death was gang related.


Voice of: Romie Plunkett, Sister of Shooting Victim

“We nuh get no justice because the person weh deh have dah jail dah the wrong person weh deh send up fi mi bredda death and the police deh know that cause we tell deh. Every time deh say deh pick up ah, deh let ah guh, deh pick up ah like deh di play with ih mind. Somebody life gone. Yesterday again the same set come and shoot mi next bredda. I mean he wasn’t the intended target but he dah di bad lucked one weh get shot and then dah way eena wi yaad deh shoot yuh understand. And the police deh know again dah who duh it and I hope deh pick up the person. The police dah the one weh cause the whole thing because the night before they drop off two guys from the same block weh have rivalry wid down this side and deh drop deh pahn fi we bridge and tell di bwai deh run fi deh life and deh stand up and di laugh and di watch deh bwai deh. I mean you nuh do things like that because ih trigger the whole situation weh happen.”

Andrea Polanco

“So how exactly that incident happened yesterday? Where was Kareem standing?”

Voice of: Romie Plunkett

“He wasn’t standing he mi di sit down pahn dis wall right yah with fi he back turn. He mi just down ker out the bathroom weh Carlos Diaz deh mi bring fi di wake and he come and sit down afta he done duh that  and he hear the gun shot but he still neva believe that dah afta deh because deh neva di do nothing because deh just mi di socialize. By the time he could look round he done get shot.”

Kenyon Plunkett

Andrea Polanco

“Ok, so how many shots were fired?”

Voice of: Romie Plunkett

“Bout nine, eight or nine shots. One gone eena mi auntie house. He dah the only one weh get shot outta di crowd.”

Andrea Polanco

“Which area exactly Kareem was shot?”

Voice of: Romie Plunkett

“I think dah ih right thigh and ih gone up eena ih right side ah ih abdomen the bullet mi lodge. But the docta done duh surgery and tek out the bullet suh ih ah okay.”

Andrea Polanco

“Ok. But he remains hospitalize at this time?”

Voice of: Romie Plunkett

“Yes, yes deh say like afta wah week and then ih ah could come out.”

Andrea Polanco

“This was like big daytime, four o’clock eena di evening?”

Voice of: Romie Plunkett

“Four o’clock, four o’clock eena di evening and my mother stood pahn the verandah and watch the guy when ih done do it cause he come pahn wah bike right across the kinnel fah we and my mother halla tell ah ‘ah si yuh’ and I guess mussie weh the bullet mi done he point the gun afta my ma but the bullet mi done. So I guess if bullet mi een deh ih mussie mi ah shoot afta my ma too.”

Andrea Polanco

“So you said your mother saw the gun man you guys don’t fear that he’ll return at some point in time?”

Voice of: Romie Plunkett

“Well miss, we only have one life fi live yuh know and that’s why the police deh need fi duh deh job so that he nuh come back come do the same thing weh ih done do you understand. Because we know exactly dah who, dah big day sun mi deh out hot hot one dah nuh like night say we couldn’t si ah. Wi si ih face, wih si ih kinda clothes weh have on, everything. We si how ih dress, wih si weh part ih ride and gone drop off ah the gun.”

Following the shooting of Nelson Plunkett, his family took to the airwaves this morning repeating allegations that the incident was provoked by police officers who reportedly detained and released him in a rival neighborhood. According to Police Press Officer, Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood, the allegations being made against members of the department are serious and that investigations into both incidents are ongoing.

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“He was standing in front of his residence yesterday evening sometime around like 3:45 p.m. where a lone gunman came up on Sittee Street and opened fire on him.  He was hit in the abdomen and somewhere in the buttocks area.  He is listed is listed in a stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.”

Maria Novelo, Love TV

Fitzroy Yearwood

“Any suspects?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well we’re looking for someone known to the police in connection with this shooting.”

Isani Cayetano

“It is said that this shooting may have been gang related.  Can you speak to that?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well uhm if we can recall that Plunkett, recently a sibling of his was murdered and we are not sure if it’s, whether it’s gang related or someone is targeting them or [something].  But that’s why we’re trying to establish the motive behind this shooting and hopefully if we know exactly why this one took place we would be able to answer that.  We would be in a better position to comment on that.”

Maria Novelo, Love TV

“Can you clarify to us the incident in terms of the Sibun Street shooting where the media mentioned that the police started it, where they dumped two guys there on that street?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Maria that is a serious, serious allegation and situation.  I must say that the Minister of Police, the Commissioner of Police will not tolerate any sort of illegal or criminal behavior displayed by any member if we at this department [are involved] because we have an internal investigation going on into this allegation and I must say they condemn that kind of behavior.  We at the police department do not train our officers to do any kind of excitement to retaliation or excitement between rivalry groups.  If that is the case whosoever did that will be dealt with criminally.”

Isani Cayetano

“Sgt. Yearwood that practice is commonplace.  It isn’t the first time that has been either reported in the media or brought to the attention of the department itself.  It would seem as though you’re offering sort of a justification or an excuse as to why the behavior was the way it was yesterday.”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Isani, first of all, let me correct you.  You might think it is commonplace but it was not reported to the proper place if it had occurred previously.  What I am saying now if this one is reported to us and it is being looked at seriously.  It is being investigated.  I can tell you this because I was sitting with the head of Internal Affairs and we will leave no stone unturned.”

Plunkett is expected to remain hospitalized for the next few days.

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