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Witness describes shooting at Somerset bar

A bystander described his upset and alarm at witnessing Somerset bar patron Randolph Lightbourne get shot.

The witness, 59-year-old taxi driver Barclay Carmichael, gave police a statement after the shooting, which was read to a jury by prosecutor Maria Sofianos today.

Mr Lightbourne, 44, was hit by seven bullets during the attack outside the Charing Cross Tavern in Cambridge Road around 5pm on July 23, 2010.

He spent four months recovering from his injuries and a young Sandys man, Marico Bassett, 20, is now on trial at Supreme Court accused of the shooting.

Prosecutors and Mr Lightbourne have told the jury Mr Bassett was the young motorcyclist caught on the tavern's CCTV cameras at the scene wearing a red neck scarf, white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Mr Carmichael, from Somerset, said he was in the warehouse portion of the Gosling's liquor store on Cambridge Road around 5pm on that date. He was talking to a friend, Thomas Harvey, the store manager.

He said he saw a young person arrive on a black or grey motorcycle. He had a helmet on with the visor down, a red scarf around his neck, a white T-shirt and baggy jeans.

Mr Carmichael said he saw the young person riding slowly up Pink House Lane, and he passed about 30 feet away.

“Myself and Mr Harvey were sitting in the warehouse looking out with the garage door up. Shortly afterwards I heard the sound of gunfire,” said Mr Carmichael.

He explained the sound “came from the direction of the Charing Cross Tavern parking lot, to our alarm. We responded by relocating to the back of the store. I heard at least eight shots. Mr Harvey called 911. I saw a man lying on the ground with his hands up.”

Mr Lightbourne told the jury in evidence that he put his hands up in this manner to play dead, in the hope the gunman would leave. He said one gang member stepped over his head as several of them left the scene.

Mr Carmichael said he watched as patrons from the tavern's patio went to help the victim.

“As the shooters were leaving, I could hear someone laughing loudly,” he told police in his statement.

“I called Cambridge Beaches and warned them about possible retaliations in the area.”

He then saw the victim taken from the scene in a white Volkswagen car.

“I was clearly upset with the turn of events which continue to plague our society,” said Mr Bassett.

Mr Lightbourne was taken to Port Royal Fire Station in the car, then transferred to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital suffering from multiple bullet wounds.

While he was recovering in hospital, he told police the culprit was Mr Bassett. He described him as a member of the Money Over Bitches (MOB) gang whom he'd tried to help through gang outreach programme CARTEL.

Mr Lightbourne said Mr Bassett arrived and left the scene on a motorcycle, explaining he could see his face under his helmet visor.

Mr Bassett was arrested at his home on Loyalty Drive, Somerset, early on the morning after the shooting.

He's now on trial accused of attempted murder, using a firearm to commit an indictable offence and possessing two bullets, all of which he denies.

His lawyer, Marc Daniels, has challenged allegations that he was a gang member.

The jury has been told it will be hearing further evidence later today from an overseas expert. See tomorrow's edition of The Royal Gazette for more.

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Published March 04, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 04, 2011 at 12:35 pm)

Witness describes shooting at Somerset bar

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