Karen McMaster was already in bed in Keartons, Barrouallie around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday when, over the noise of rain, she heard the unmistakable sound of a single gunshot.
She got up and peered tentatively outside a window of her living room, moving the curtain just enough to see outside.
McMaster saw her grandson, Alrick Bulze, 25, standing in the street.
She called one of her sons who was inside the house and told him it seemed as if something had happened to his nephew.
Bulze was still standing in the street right outside his grandmother’s house, where he also lives, when his grandmother came outside.
“I try to hold him and I called my son. We try to call him, but, how he get the shot, it come like he eyes and them get weak.
“I said, ‘Alrick! Alrick! What happened to you?’ No response,” McMaster told iWitness News at her home on Wednesday.
McMaster said that with the raining still falling, she and two of her son tried to take Bulze into her patio.
“But when we really thing (realised), he been done dead, so we put him back on the pitch (road),” McMaster told iWitness News.
“Up to now he ain’t say nothing,” she said, adding that she did not see anyone else after hearing the gunshot.
The grandmother, who raised Bulze and his sister from childhood, wondered if his shooting was in any way connected to an altercation that Bulze had with a relative on June 19.
An injury form issued by police in the Central Leeward town shows that a man, said to one of Bulze’s relatives, had lodged a report with police saying that Bulze had struck him in the head with a stone.
The alleged incident is said to have resulted in the man receiving a wound to the head that took three stitches to close.
Police arrested Bulze and took him to Kingstown where he was charged with an offence but granted bail.
McMaster told iWitness News that her grandson had told her that he had gotten in the altercation with the man after his younger brother complained that the man had abused him.
“I feel bad, real, real bad,” McMaster said of the death of her grandson.
She said that police had taken a man into custody in as part of their investigation into Bulze’s death, but said it was not the same man with whom her grandson had had the altercation.
Police said Wednesday that t reports are that he was attacked and received a gunshot wound to his chest.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A postmortem examination is expected to be performed on his body.
Bulze’s death brings the homicides count for the year to 18.