The scene of Monday night’s shooting in Hay Street.
Photos: Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff
By RICARDO WELLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
A TEENAGE father was shot and killed on Monday night during a gambling game, becoming the 83rd murder victim of the year, according to The Tribune’s records.
The father-of-one was fatally shot in the Hay Street area shortly before 11pm.
According to Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle, police responded to reports of gunshots near the Hay Street and Comfort Street intersection.
“When officers arrived on the scene they encountered a male with a gunshot wound to the head.
“EMS responded to the scene, where they pronounced the male dead,” he said.
Police have not released the identity of the victim, but residents of the area where he was shot have said he is Jason “Cookie” Higgs, who also goes by the alias “Monster”.
His death came three days after a man was killed on Friday night, when the driver of a truck hit him during an argument.
Police have identified that victim as 39-year-old Alpheus Bevans of Nassau East North.
Anyone with information on any of these murders is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.
Earlier this month, National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage announced that the government had secured a $20m loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to fund crime-fighting programmes.