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School Security Guard Fights For Life After Shooting

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

A SECURITY guard is fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot multiple times by a gunman dressed in a school uniform yesterday afternoon.

The shooting took place at L W Young Junior High School on Bernard Road around midday.

According to officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Supt Paul Rolle, the school security officer was sitting in his booth when two men in a white Honda attempted to enter the school’s campus.

“The guard approached the vehicle to check out who was inside when one of the men produced a handgun and shot him multiple times before the vehicle sped off,” Chief Supt Rolle said.

“The victim managed to run to one of the administrative buildings where he was assisted by staff and taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.”

The Tribune understands the victim is a guard by the name of Caleb Cooper.

Chief Supt Rolle said while the gunman appeared to be dressed in a C I Gibson school uniform, police cannot confirm if he was actually a student. He also said police believe Mr Cooper was the intended target.

No one else was hurt during the shooting.

The school was immediately put on lock down before classes were dismissed early for the rest of day.

In a statement, Education Director Lionel Sands said despite the “unfortunate incident” student safety remains the Ministry of Education’s top priority.

“A security officer at the L W Young Junior High School was shot to the upper body and thigh around 12.30 this afternoon,” the statement said. “The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology can confirm that the assailant was not on the campus, however, shots were fired from outside the school gate, striking the officer.

“As a result of the school being secured, the assailants did not have access to the campus and we commend the work of the officers for properly securing the campus, preventing further casualties. The school was quickly placed on lock-down as senior education officials and police began the preliminary investigations. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology wishes to remind parents, students and the community that student safety is always a top priority and during today’s unfortunate incident no students were harmed.”

Police do not have a motive for the shooting at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.

Comments

dani 2 years, 1 month ago

oh.. wtf? i know that we have problems, but... bringing weapons to school it's not cool. we, americans, really got a problem when it comes about weapons. there are too many, and everyone can own a pistol or worse. Cosmin

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Bahamianpride 2 years, 1 month ago

Need cameras around these schools to enhance security, but this seems like a planned attack on someone doing a good job keeping out the thugs.

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TalRussell 2 years, 1 month ago

Comrade Bahamianpride it aint the high tech security devices that will protect school children. These suckers of punk thugs will smile at da camera, likes they's being filmed for Candid Camera.

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TalRussell 2 years, 1 month ago

Comrades look at how much "we da people's" have permitted our Bahamaland to deteriorate to where even even while the parents are locked behind security windows at home, they're sending their school aged children off to classes to be protectively incarcerated while locked behind giant wrought-iron gate and fences.

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killemwitdakno 2 years, 1 month ago

This is going to stop right here.

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duppyVAT 2 years, 1 month ago

Everything about Nassau suggests that it is a third world "prison" city .......... homes, schools, businesses, churches, prisons, entertainment halls, numbers houses etc ..................... all have security bars on them ................... that is a poor way to live in a democracy and is the best evidence that there is no safe, prosperous and modern Bahamas .......... compare Nassau with any modern first world city and there is NO comparison when it comes to this basic aesthetic appearance.

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