By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 23-year-old man was shot in the head and killed early yesterday morning becoming the country’s 102nd murder victim.
It happened around 3:10am on Monday.
According to reports, police received an anonymous call from a woman alerting them to a shooting in the area of Sunrise Road, Gamble Heights.
When officers responded to the scene, they discovered the body of a man, lying on his right side with apparent gunshot wounds to the chest and head.
EMS personnel pronounced him dead on the scene.
Police have not officially identified the victim but sources say he is Deigo Major aka “Yellow” of Gamble heights.
Police say the circumstances surrounding the incident are still sketchy and they are asking members of the public who have any information to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.
According to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade crime in the Bahamas is down 6 per cent overall for the first three quarters of 2012 compared to the same period last year.
He said there has been a decrease in serious crimes from January 1 to November 8, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Overall crime in New Providence has decreased by 2 per cent, in Grand Bahama by 23 per cent and in the Family Islands by 14 per cent.
For the entire Bahamas up to November 8, murder had decreased by 12 per cent from 110 to 97, rape had decreased by 3 per cent, attempted rape dropped significantly by 68 per cent from 25 to 8, unlawful sexual intercourse also decreased by 10 per cent and robbery and attempted robbery dropped by 4 per cent and 41 per cent respectively. However, since these figures were released by the police the murder count has climbed to 102.
However, attempted murder increased by 125 per cent from 8 to 18 and armed robbery also increased by 18 per cent from 804 to 951, during the same period last year.
Manslaughter remained unchanged.