By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE were forced to shut down the 41st Independence Day People’s Love and Unity Junkanoo Rush Out yesterday morning following a shooting incident that left three males in hospital, Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Bethel said. The rush out started shortly after 1am.
According to police reports, the incident happened around 4.30am at George Street, in downtown Nassau, where three men were each shot by a man armed with a handgun. The suspect later fled on foot.
The Tribune understands that 39-year-old Roland Cunningham was shot once on the right side; Emile Sweeting,15, of Palm Avenue was shot once to the upper right thigh; and Cordero Mcdonald, 21, of Whylly Close, was shot twice to the left hand.
With the suspect still at large at the time, ACP Bethel said authorities moved to end the festivities as the welfare of thousands of attending Bahamians was thought to be compromised. A short time later, police said a 21-year-old from Pyfrom Road was arrested and is being questioned regarding the matter.
ACP Bethel said: “We were very concerned with the public’s safety. There were a large number of police at the People’s Rush Out. We know there were a few thousand people attending. Our major concern was that the person responsible was still on the loose at the time. So about 15 minutes after the shooting occurred we shut it down.”
Police yesterday told The Tribune they are searching for a second man who is thought to have been involved.
In other crime news, five persons were arrested by police on Wednesday for various offences. They include one outstanding court warrant, one arrest for abduction, stealing, causing harm, and causing damage.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.