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Tambu Patrick, seen at left in a Searchlight photo, was gunned down outside this house, which he attempted to reach for refuge when he was attacked in Layou Sunday night, Nov. 5, 2023.
Tambu Patrick, seen at left in a Searchlight photo, was gunned down outside this house, which he attempted to reach for refuge when he was attacked in Layou Sunday night, Nov. 5, 2023.
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A Layou man who survived an attempt on his life five years ago was gunned down in the Central Leeward town Sunday night, bringing the homicide count this year to 47.

Tambu Patrick, 39, was shot multiple times by assailant(s) who pursued him even as he attempted to find refuge in a nearby home in Ruthland Vale.

Residents of the town speculated that the death was linked to a shooting incident in Layou Tuesday night in which a man was grazed by a bullet when he was attacked on his way home.

iWitness News was reliably informed that there were multiple bullet holes in the house in which Patrick was presumably hoping to find refuge as he was being shot at.

One source said that Patrick shouted “Oh gawd” as he was being attacked. He collapsed and died outside of the house, bringing to two the number of people shot and killed in Layou in less than a month.

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A vehicle that was reportedly parked in a dark section of road nearby left shortly after the shooting, fuelling speculations that the assailant(s) used it to flee the scene.

Among the officers on the scene Sunday night were detective acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for crime fighting, Trevor “Buju” Bailey and head of the Major Crime Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police Oswin Elgin Richards.

Outside the police cordon, Patrick’s cousin, Kenlyn Maingot told iWitness News that she was in the neighbouring village of Buccament Bay when she got word that he had been killed.

She said she had seen and spoken to him minutes before his death.

“I’m feeling so sad that my cousin got shot because I passed him on the street and I called out to him and tell him I was going to Buccament,” Maingot told iWitness News in an interview live on Facebook.

She described Patrick as a quiet and nice person who hardly spoke.

Maingot told iWitness News that Patrick never complained about being in conflict with anyone.

“He always humble,” she said but acknowledged that he was shot a few years ago.

“He even went to jail for gun, ammunition,” Maingot told iWitness News.

Maingot said that Patrick’s father was immobile because of a stroke.

She complained that police officers were not allowing her to see his body at the scene.

“That is our cousin. … before I went to Buccament, I passed him on the street over there, I called out to him, he said he is going home.

“It’s like five minutes after somebody could call me from England and tell me he died. And now I ask the officer if I could see him, the officer said to me I have to wait until he gets to the mortuary.”

Asked whether she was sure she wanted to see her relative on the scene where he was gunned down, she said, “I want to see him.

“I now buried a family for me today. At least, let me see my cousin so I could know,” Maingot told iWitness News.

IWitness News was present earlier when a senior officer told Maingot that she would have to wait until the scene was processed before police consider her request to view Patrick’s body there.

At the time, homicide investigators were yet to arrive and the district medical officer was yet to officially pronounce Patrick dead.

On March 14, 2018, about 9:23 p.m., unknown person(s) shot Patrick and Stokey Quashie, both labourers, of Layou.

They were treated at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and later released.

Then, in January 2020, Patrick was found guilty of charges that on April 11, 2018, at Layou, he had in possession one Taurus 9 mm pistol and 17 rounds of 9mm ammunition without a licence issued under the Firearms Act.

He was also convicted of two counts of assaulting a police officer and one count of damaging a bulletproof vest, the property of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Patrick was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for the fire arm, 18 months for the ammunition and six months on each charge of assaulting a police officer.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of EC$235 forthwith for the damage to the bullet proof vest or spend two months in prison. The sentences were to run concurrently.

Maurice Primus and Zack McIntosh
Homicide victims Maurice Primus, left, and Zack McIntosh.

Patrick’s death is the third homicide in SVG this weekend.

The country recorded two homicides Friday night with the deaths of Maurice Primus, of Fair Hall, and Zachari “Zack” McIntosh, of Calliaqua, in unrelated incidents.

Police said on Sunday that Primus, a 31-year-old labourer was discovered unresponsive with injuries to his body along Fair Hall Public Road sometime after 10 p.m. on Friday.

About 10:20 p.m. Friday, the Calliaqua Police received an anonymous call stating that a male was seen lying on the Fair Hall Public Road.

“A party of police officers headed by Inspector Ashlyn Samuel-Bristol immediately left the station for the scene of the incident. On arrival at the crime scene, the deceased was found lying on his back motionless with what appeared to be bullet wounds on his body,” police said in a press statement.

Meanwhile, a statement said that a resident of Calliaqua was in police custody as the main suspect in a report of grievous bodily harm which resulted in Mc Intosh’s death.

Police said the report was made to the Calliaqua Police Station on Friday.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, Mc Intosh was wounded by the suspect during an altercation. He received injuries to his body and was taken to the Calliaqua Health Centre for treatment on Wednesday, November 01, 2023.  Later the same day, Mc Intosh was transferred to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and succumbed to his injuries on Friday, November 03, 2023.”

iWitness News was reliably informed that the suspect is a close relative of the deceased man.

Police said post-mortems will be conducted on the bodies and are asking people with information that can assist their investigations to call 999/911, any police station or to speak with any police officer with whom you are comfortable.

Police say that all information will be treated confidentially.

Meanwhile, late Sunday night, the police force announced a press conference for Monday morning, the first since Enville Williams became acting Commissioner of Police in early October.  

15 replies on “Man gunned down even as he sought refuge in nearby home”

  1. Some of the officers who head the crime unit would have been relieved of their duties if they were in a foreign jurisdiction. Since Buju Bailey took over as the Guru of fighting cries has ratio of solving crimes increase? From all accounts that ratio has become dismal over the years.

    If his communication skills is an indication of his effectiveness no wonder why we are in this predicament. The Minister of security needs to enlist foreign help in teach people like Buju the art of fighting crimes. Then and only then would we be in a better position to solve some of our heinous crimes .

  2. It would appear that Patrick was a gun Slinger, he was convicted of having in his possession a 9 mm without a license. All these alleged killer have a common denominator, they have no regard for rhe law at a point in their lives.

  3. Believe me, Patrick’s death is not under the rug. The police in St Vincent have something to do with Patrick’s death. The police in St Vincent took his American passport for him and wouldn’t give it back to him so he could come back to America. Every time he went to the Barracks to get his passport, they would not give it to him and told him to come back. The police knew what they were doing so he wouldn’t back to the United States of America. The passport was an American passport. It didn’t belong to St Vincent and the Grenadines. The police didn’t want him to come back to America. Because they wanted him to get killed in St Vincent. They knew what they were doing for him not to get his passport.His blood is on the policies hand.

  4. Why the police didn’t say they are one who shot Mr Patrick the first time, when he got shot before

  5. You noticed that non of these chumps doesn’t have on a work boots. Live by the sword, you die by the sword. See you on the other side of life.

  6. Allan Vincent says:

    The police officer who took Mr Patrick’s passport from Patrick took his passport and traveled to come to the United States with Mr Patrick’s passport. That is how he got stuck in St Vincent. Some years ago he came to St Vincent and he and my cousins got into a fight with a police and they never forgave and held it again him. So they always looked at him as trouble.He kept on going to Barracks in Kingstown to get his passport and they kept on telling him they couldn’t find it.When they knew the police who took his passport and traveled with his passport to come to America.
    The FBI and American Embassy will be investigate why Mr. Patrick did not got his passport to come back to United States.The passport it was not belong St Vincent and Grenadines. It were United States of America property.asked the police what they do with MR Patrick passport.

  7. His father, now at death’s door, was found guilty several years ago for the illegal possession of a firearm but wickedly got off because of his advanced age.

    Like father, like son, says I.

    As for the son’s murder, long past time for the NDP to stop blaming Ralph for pathologies that lie in our minds, homes, and communities.

  8. C.Ben -David so are you saying that Patrick father, the victim was a gunslinger? Why the police confiscated his passport?

  9. C.Ben David you as a senior from Layou seems to have a lot of information. Why you did not state that the police had confiscated his American passport. You knew about that but found it necessary to hide that fact.

  10. Dear C. BEN-DAVID, I don’t know what you think you know about my father or my brother but it is very distasteful and what you are saying about my father isn’t true. As for my brother, a police officer took his passport and since he was released he was trying to recover it. I don’t understand how a police station or a department can ” i doh know wey it dey” on someone’s important documents, but you’re not mentioning that bit. You’re being selective and trying to deface my father’s character.

  11. layou Resident says:

    J. Young do you know the real C.B-David? All i can say the community knows him well and is a senior who resides in Layou, but used that alias to hide his true identity. What i find interesting is that he knew about the police seize of the victim’s passport that prevented him from going back to the USA and was silent on that fact. I do not read his contribution , given that it is customary that he does not see out of the reasonable lens.

  12. C.Ben-David what is so difficult in bein fair in your comments rather than being selective? Give the the public the whole story and let them decide for themselves.

  13. Whoever wrote this article about my cousin /brother I hope you burn in hell for not being honest. The police in St. Vincent got him killed cause they been holding a grudge against him for a long time now… Trust and Believe his family in America will not let any of this go unjust!!! HE WILL NOT DIE IN VAIN, IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN….

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