Reggae star Peter Tosh slain (1987)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) Three gunmen trying to rob reggae star Peter Tosh at his home killed him and another man and wounded five people when they couldn't find money, police reported Saturday. They said the killers arrived on motorcycles Friday night, forced their way into the house, ordered everyone to lie face down on the floor, searched the victims and rooms for cash, and then opened fire. Tosh and Wilton "Doc" Brown, a maker of health ^.^d potions from plants, died from their wounds en route to a hospital, according to the police. Wounded were Tosh's longtime companion, Andrea Marlene Brown; Carlton Santa Davis, a drummer in Tosh's band; Michael Robinson, another musician; disc jockey Jeff Dixon, and his wife, Yvonne. Dixon, who worked for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corp., was listed in critial condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies with a bullet wound in the head. His wife was treated and released and the three others were reported to be in stable condition. Tosh, a former "Wailer," was one of the founding fathers of Jamaica's vibrant music of revolution. Outside of Jamaica, Tosh, 42, was perhaps best known for his collaboration with Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger in "(You Got to) Walk and Don't Look Back," a song written by Smokey Robinson. Tosh was nominated for a Grammy in 1985 for best reggae recording for "Captured Live." A detective, speaking with the condition he not be identified, Peter Tosh said police have tentatively identified the killers based on their investigations and interviews with witnesses, but no arrests have been made. Tosh had just returned from the United States and the robbers apparently thought he had a large amount of cash with him, the detective said. The gunmen parked their motorcycles by the door, knocked, forced their way in when the door was opened and ransacked the two-story house, according to the detective. He reported the survivors said Tosh told the robbers he didn't have any cash but they could take anything in the house. When no money was found, the killers armed with pistols fired at their victims on the floor, he added. The house normally is protected by a dozen German shepherds, police and witnesses said, but the dogs were in the kennel when the gunmen arrived.