Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
Unknown assailants shot up a barber shop where entertainer David 'Mavado' Brooks normally hangs out along the Cassava Piece gully bank in St. Andrew on Sunday night. A 34 year-old man was shot and injured in the incident, but was treated and later released.
Yesterday, the police confirmed that the incident had occurred, but downplayed rumours that it was caused by friction between warring factions within the entertainment fraternity.
"It was a drive-by shooting that happened at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, and eyewitnesses said that it was a black car that was seen leaving the crime scene. A man was shot and injured, he was shot in the buttocks and later released from the hospital. Right now, it is still just a rumour about the shooting being a result of a feud between two entertainers," commented a member of the Constant Spring C.I.B.
While the police remain tightlipped, members of the entertainment industry are aware of simmering frictions within The Alliance since deejay Vybz Kartel decided to leave the group. In recent weeks, Mavado has been involved in a lyrical feud with deejay Vybz Kartel and they have traded barbs over songs such as Mavado's 'Songwriter' where he belittles Kartel's deejay abilities. Kartel responded with the caustic 'Dem a P--- inna Bad Man Place' which makes light of Mavado's previous occupation as a barber, and makes other derogatory comments about 'fin hand Dave'. However, in the latest song by Mavado, personal jibes are made at Kartel's babymothers, and he labels him a 'bleach out face bad man' and worse, an informer.
Rumours circulated yesterday that the shooting incident could have been a result of the ongoing tension. However, sources close to Kartel dismissed claims that he could have been involved, and revealed that the deejay was celebrating his birthday with family and friends when the incident occurred on January 7.
Eyewitness reports revealed that a "black car was seen speeding away from the scene".
Efforts to get a comment from Mavado or his management were unsuccessful.