Woman, baby miss deadly shooting
By STACY MOORE Wednesday, April 23 2014
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OH GOODNESS:Patrica Gittens holds her three-month-old grandson Goodness Joseph,who along with his mother Elizabeth Gittens, left a parlour in Cap-de-v...
THREE-MONTH-OLD Goodness Joseph, his seven-year-old brother Israel Joseph and their mother Elizabeth Gittens missed serious injury or even death when they left a parlour in Cap-de-Ville five minutes before the children’s father was gunned down inside the parlour on Easter Monday night.
The children and their mother were in the company of their father Dane Joseph, 38, minutes before he was gunned down along Cap-de-Ville Main Road, Point Fortin near a parlour and vegetable stall he operated. The father of three was shot four times and died while undergoing emergency surgery at the Point Fortin Area Hospital.
Joseph’s children only left his company after his wife received a “bad feeling.” Joseph left his businessplace and dropped Gittens, baby Goodness and Israel at their Gunhill, Cap-de-Ville home. When Joseph returned to the parlour which he owned he was shot.
According to police, the shooting occurred at about 7.15 pm when Joseph was closing the parlour located near Cap-de-Ville junction. The shooting occurred just a stone’s throw away from to the Cap-de-Ville Police Post.
A passer-by driving along the Cap-de-Ville Main Road saw Joseph on the ground covered in blood and alerted the police. Joseph died while undergoing emergency treatment. Speaking with Newsday at the family home yesterday, Joseph’s mother-in-law Patricia Gittens said she was at the front of the house sweeping when her daughter (Elizabeth) returned home and handed over baby Goodness.
“I saw Joseph drop them off and reversed and left in his car. Elizabeth said she was getting a really ‘bad feeling’,” Gittens said. “Elizabeth said everything was going good and the children were enjoying the time with their father until she started to get a bad feeling and asked Joseph to drop them home immediately,” Gittens related.
Five minutes had not passed when while Gittens was holding baby Goodness in her arms she heard a loud explosion. “I heard one explosion then I started to hear a few more explosions. I thought someone was playing with firecrackers until Elizabeth got a phone call that Joseph was shot by the vegetable place,” Gittens said.
Gittens said Joseph shared a close relationship with his children especially his two youngest children. Joseph’s other son Keylon, 16, was also home at the time of his father’s shooting.
Joseph’s sister-in-law Nikisha Gittens said Joseph was the sole bread winner for his family. “He worked hard to provide for his children. He started off selling vegetables and then opened this parlour all so his family could have a better life. He was the one who was running that parlour and they killed him,” Nikisha said. Up to press time, no arrest was made and investigations are continuing.