By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN who was shot on Sunday died in hospital Monday evening, becoming the country’s 77th homicide this year, according to The Tribune’s records.
Officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle said police have no one in custody, but are following significant leads.
Police said the victim was involved in an argument with another man outside a nightclub near Arawak Cay when he was shot multiple times in the abdomen.
He was rushed to hospital by ambulance in critical condition, but died a few hours later.
Police have not officially identified the victim, but The Tribune understands he is 21-year-old Thor “Trip Out” Adderley.
His death came a day after police were called to a crime scene on Fire Trail Road, where officers found a man shot to death, slumped in the front seat of his car.
And last week, police in Grand Bahama reclassified what they originally thought was a traffic fatality into a homicide investigation.
Police initially thought that a 31-year-old Williams Town man was killed as a result of a car crash in bushes on Creswell Road in Freeport early last Thursday morning. However, on further investigation, they confirmed that it was not an accident that resulted in the man’s death.
Inspector Terecita Pinder of Grand Bahama police reported that stab wounds were discovered in the victim’s upper chest area. An 18-year-old man is helping police in that investigation.
These killings came more than a week after State Minister for National Security Keith Bell said the government is winning the war on crime, even as this year’s murder count continues to climb.
Speaking in the Senate on June 24, Senator Bell suggested that homicides should not be the sole indicator of how bad the country’s crime situation is. Officials have maintained that while murders remain a problem, many other serious crimes are trending down.
“We are winning because we have a comprehensive plan to address crime criminality,” Senator Bell said last month. “We have implemented programmes to attack crime and its causes.”
However, while in opposition, the PLP made crime a politically charged issue, going so far as to post billboards across New Providence, which read that there had been more than 490 murders under the last five-year administration of the Ingraham government.
The Bahamas has recorded more than 350 murders under the Christie administration so far.
There were 119 murders in 2013, 123 in 2014 and 77 homicides this year up to press time.
There were 111 murders in 2012, the same year the PLP assumed office on May 8.
Anyone with information on these homicides is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.