When strange sounds inside their Freeman’s Hall, Trelawny, home awakened members of a family early yesterday morning, they discovered a masked gunman who was about to unleash unspeakable terror into their lives.
According to the police, Dalton Brown was at home with his common-law wife and four-year-old daughter Chloe, along with two other female relatives, shortly after 1 a.m. when he was alerted to an intruder.
He discovered a masked gunman standing in the vicinity of his bed and bravely tried to overpower the invader. During the ensuing struggle, the gunman opened fire and hit Brown in the leg, causing him to fall to the ground. He fired another round, which struck the sleeping Chloe in her abdomen, before fleeing the scene.
Brown and his daughter were taken to the Mandeville Regional Hospital in the neighbouring parish of Manchester, where the child was pronounced dead and Brown admitted in serious but stable condition.
When The Gleaner visited Freeman’s Hall yesterday, scores of residents of the community, which is some three miles out from Albert Town, had gathered at the scene of the crime to offer words of comfort to Chloe’s grieving mother, who was too distraught to speak.