Armed men threw a Molotov cocktail through a window to flush 80-year-old retired mason Clifton Berry from his Rhymesbury home in Clarendon then shot him dead as he tried to escape on Wednesday night.
It is the latest in a string of such attacks that have seen at least five other homes fire-bombed in Lionel Town and Rocky Point since the start of the month.
The police report that the incident took place about 1:15 a.m., and when they were alerted, they found Berry lying in a section of the house with gunshot wounds. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.
Britni, the youngest of Berry’s five children, said the family has been traumatised by the deadly attack.
“Me nah look for my father to pass off like this. My father nuh trouble people. Me sure of that. My father was a very jovial person … always reasoning with people and very respectable,” she told The Gleaner, adding that he had a knack for farming, which earned him multiple awards.