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Oct 7, 2019

A Watchman is Shot Inside Security Booth at Excelsior High School

Rodman Welch

Within days of taking up a job as a security officer, Rodman Welch was shot. The stevedore was eating while on duty at Excelsior High School when he came under fire on Saturday night. A gunman targeted Welch as he sat inside the security booth. The bullet hit him on the face injuring his jaw. Welch’s mother could not point to a motive, but says there may be a situation that she is not aware of. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports. 


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A stevedore who took a part-time job as a watchman at Excelsior High School was shot while at his post over the weekend.  Rodman Welch had only just taken up the job a few days earlier when he was targeted by a lone gunman inside the security booth on the school compound.  He was shot in the face at point blank range.


Hilberto Romero

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On Saturday, October 5th, 2019, police responded to a shooting incident at the security booth at Excelsior High School.  Upon their arrival they were informed that a male person had been shot.  This person was escorted to the K.H.M.H. and he was identified as Rodman Welch.  He received one gunshot injury to the face.  He is presently admitted at the K.H.M.H. in a critical condition undergoing treatment.”


According to Welch’s mother, the round that struck him in the face has left the thirty-three-year old with a broken jaw.


Voice of: Mother of Shooting Victim

“I just sih, actually I noh really sih nothing, I just di ask he question because then dehn mi got wahn thing tie round ih head and he tell me that di bullet gaan een ya soh and ih bust out this side and ih jawbone bruk and wahn teeth come out.  That da weh he tell me.  So far right now, like ih cyant talk cause ih cyant open ih mouth fi talk, yo undastand and ih di spit blood.”


Isani Cayetano

“How long has your son been working at Excelsior as a security guard?”


Voice of: Mother of Shooting Victim

“Bout week and a half because that da noh ih job.  He da wahn stevedore, ih work backa Port but then dehn sugar ship gaan pan wahn lee pause and then he seh well dehn mi need somebody fi fill the space ah somebody weh gaan pan vacation and then he decide well ih wahn hold it fi di two or three weeks weh dehn di do it fa noh, til di person come back.”


Police say that Welch was having a meal when a lone gunman caught him off-guard.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“He was eating his food when a male person arrived and fired one shot at him and then the person fled the area.”


Duane Moody

“Nothing to suggest if he had a firearm so they came for that?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Nothing to suggest that he was just doing security duties at that time.”


Could Welch’s shooting be the result of a previous incident in which there was an altercation with someone?  His mother says she has no idea of a prior misunderstanding but wouldn’t swear for her injured son.


Voice of: Mother of Shooting Victim

“My son da noh like wahn hang out person or street side person, right.  What I know if dehn wahn tek dehn lee drink da right up ya pan dis veranda or cross da ih house weh paat ih live ova deh.  But as I seh, I cyant seh if nothing neva deh, if dehn neva have no lee issue because you noh know weh happen behind yoh back, yo undastand me.  But as far as I di sih dat da weh I know bout ahn.  But I noh wahn seh if good, I noh wahn seh ih bad because maybe I only di sih di good situation.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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