BTMI: Shooting of visitor 'not representative of Barbados'
The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) has commented on a recent shooting which involved a visitor, noting the incident is not a true representation of the island or its people.
Over the weekend, a Canadian visitor was shot during a home invasion when three unidentified men, armed with firearms, entered the residence he was staying at in Ealing Park, Christ Church. The victim was shot in his left shoulder and has reportedly been left paralyzed as a result of the shooting.
In a statement the BTMI said the incident is regrettable and "falls short of the founding values of our small community".
"... we pride ourselves on being a proven safe destination with many years of encouraging visitors to enjoy Barbados as their home away from home."
The organization said they are maintaining contact with the shooting victim's family and are lending assistance where needed, both locally and through the in-market representatives overseas.
"We are also in daily communication with the Royal Barbados Police Force who have assured us that this matter is being dealt with carefully and urgently. As the country’s tourism marketing entity, our highest priority at this time is to reassure everyone that this regrettable incident is not representative of Barbados or our Barbadian people."
Police have not yet provided updates as to whether persons have been charged in connection with Saturday's shooting.