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Bullets ring out

Randy Bennett

Bullets ring out

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Cyprian Payne awoke and answered a call, but it was not one that he welcomed.

And when the 28-year-old employee of Courtesy Garage rushed out to help put out a fire at the house at which he was sleeping he was shot multiple times at point-blank range.

This was the tragic scene which unfolded at Bank Hall, St Michael, around 3 a.m. yesterday, leaving Payne, the father of a three year-old son, fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

According to police public relations officer Inspector David Welch, police responded to a shooting incident around 3 a.m, in which a man was shot several times.

A shaken Sonia Parris, who lives at the three-bedroom house along with her 19-year-old daughter and son, told the SATURDAY SUN that Payne, who plays cricket for LIME’s Elite team and is a national hockey player, lives in Bonwell, St Joseph, but was accustomed to spending the night there.

She revealed that Payne had been going out with her daughter from earlier in the year.