MARIO Jackson's sisters say that had he taken his medication on time Tuesday he would have fallen asleep by about 7:30 pm. But because he wanted to stay up and party with friends and the medicine made him sleepy, Jackson opted against following the prescription. That decision cost him his life.
At about 10 o'clock that night, Jackson, 24, and another man, identified by residents as David Todd, otherwise called 'Yellow', were brutally gunned down outside Jackson's home, which houses a bar and gambling shop, on the Linstead bypass in St Catherine.
Todd, who residents said was in his 40s and who may have been the target of the attack, was shot more than 10 times by two gunmen, who also turned their guns on Jackson as he tried to run into his yard.
Jackson was hit in the back of the head and keeled over just as he entered his gate.
The mayhem forced relatives and about 30 gamblers to scamper for cover.
Yesterday morning, residents with bloodshot eyes and tear-stained faces recalled the night of madness.
According to Jackson's relatives, the gunmen came to the bar and ordered cigarettes. However, their aim, the relatives alleged, was to get close to Todd, who was sitting and eating at the entrance to the bar. It was not clear if the gunmen collected the cigarettes before they began peppering Todd with bullets.
That section of the bypass was lively on Tuesday night, residents said. In addition to the noisy gamblers inside the yard, a party was in full swing just metres from the bar. When the gunshots rang out, however, it seemed Jackson, affectionately called 'Nylon', panicked.
Instead of running away from the shooters, he ran toward them, trying to enter his yard. That's when they shot him, said residents who bawled as they questioned his final actions.
"Why him never run inna dah direction yah? Why? one man asked, pointing away from Jackson's yard. "If I see gunshot a fire, is must mad me mad fi run into it."
It appeared he wasn't aware that Jackson was on medication for mental illness. Whether or not Jackson's condition influenced his decision was irrelevant to his uncle, who sought comfort in the statement "Is just Nylon number play, yah, man".
Yesterday, the death scene was still marked by blood clots, despite efforts to wash away evidence of the horror of the night before.
It was too early for police processing the scene to speak about a possible motive for the killings, but residents speculated that Todd may have been targeted for hitting a woman in a nearby parish recently.
"It look like is him them come for," one woman said, grimacing as she recalled the sight of Todd's body.
He was taken to hospital by police but died before medical personnel could help him, residents said.
Jackson gasped in the arms of one female relative who urged him to "hang on" as they drove to hospital. He died as doctors prepared him for surgery.
Tuesday night's murders were the latest in a spate of gun crimes in Linstead, residents said.