Woman Shot Dead Next To Her Bible

The scene of the shooting on Poitier Avenue where five persons were shot, one of whom died. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff

The scene of the shooting on Poitier Avenue where five persons were shot, one of whom died. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff


Tribune Staff Reporter


THE woman who was shot dead Wednesday night as she pulled up to her home in the Chippingham area with relatives had just returned from church when gunmen ambushed the family.

She died with her Bible next to her, police said.

Four other persons, including an eight-year-old girl, are in hospital after two armed men opened fire on their vehicle.

Another victim, a 15-year-old boy, was chased by the shooters on foot through the area as he tried to alert neighbours about the incident. A resident of the area told The Tribune yesterday that one of the victims had claimed that someone tried to kill her last week.

The brutal shooting happened just one hour before a businessman was shot and killed in front of his establishment on Mackey Street, which marked December’s first homicide.

The killings took the country’s murder count to 99 for the year and brought an end to the bloodiest month of 2016 thus far.

There were 13 homicides in November, according to The Tribune’s records. The first murder took place shortly after 11pm through Poitier Street.

Officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Superintendent Clayton Fernander said two armed men ambushed a family of five as they pulled into their driveway.

“The family, including four females one of whom is eight and a 15-year-old male, had just got home and were about to exit their vehicle when two armed men approached the western side of the apartment building and fired shots into the vehicle. As far as we know nothing was said, the men just approached the vehicle and began shooting,” Chief Supt Fernander said.

“All of the occupants were shot to the body. The male ran out of the vehicle and travelled east on Poitier Avenue where he was chased by the gunman who continued to fire at him. During the chase, the young man alerted neighbours in the general area and some persons turned on lights which spooked the shooters and they discontinued their chase. We are uncertain whether they left on foot or in a vehicle. The adult female died on the scene. It was so sad because she died with the Bible right next to her, she was holding the Bible when she was shot.”

The 15-year-old boy is said to be in critical condition and the other victims are listed as serious, but stable.

Police did not release the murdered woman’s name, but The Tribune understands she is Carol Gabriel.

Chief Supt Fernander said police do not know the motive for the crime and are appealing to members of the public for assistance.

A resident of the area, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was in his kitchen getting a drink of water when he heard the shots. He also said one of the victims told him there was an attempt on her life last week.

“I heard shots and I looked outside and I smelled smoke and saw someone running down the road. That is all I saw,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened before that. I looked outside and everyone who was in the car got shot. I didn’t go outside to inspect or look at anything because I did not know what was waiting for me in the dark.”

Vital Nikenson, who identified himself as a roommate of the victims, said he was afraid to stay in the apartment and was scared for his life. Mr Nikenson, who spoke little English, said he believes he is alive today because he decided not to sleep at the apartment Wednesday night.

The second murder took place shortly after midnight Thursday.

According to Chief Supt Fernander, the victim was talking to a woman in front of his business establishment at Ernest Street off Mackey Street, when two men in a silver coloured Nissan Tilda pulled up and robbed him.

The man attempted to run but was chased down by the two gunmen who shot him before speeding off. The victim was rushed to hospital by a private vehicle where he died a short time later.

Police are also investigating a shooting incident that left two men in hospital shortly after midnight on Thursday.

According to reports, two men were walking on Cowpen Road, when the occupants of a silver coloured vehicle armed with firearms pulled up and fired several shots at them before speeding off. The two men were taken to hospital where their condition is listed as stable.

Anyone with information on any of 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.

Investigations continue.


DDK 1 year, 6 months ago



Bahamaland 1 year, 6 months ago

Senior officers say it's safe...


Groidal 1 year, 6 months ago

Don' worry, de RBPF is hard at work keepin' us all safe by arresting citizens and tourists for smoking pot, even if they can't solve a single murder


jusscool 1 year, 6 months ago

If anyone read carefully about this article. What reason was there to totally ambuse a family with pure gunshots? It has to be a reason why. Was the younger male person in the family in some kind of trouble with those people? Come on man its plain as day!


John 1 year, 6 months ago

Obviously it is not plain as day as young men continue to get gunned down and slaughtered, even by daylight. And now family members are also being shot and killed as human life has no value. The problem is firstly there is general crime. Some young men get caught up in this activity and then end up getting shot or even killed. Then you have the drug culture. Again young men get caught up either by using drugs and becoming dependent on the substance and becoming in debt to the drug man. The drug supplier would then recruit the the young men to work for him. They would either be required to sell drugs for the dealer, carry out crimes or even carry out hits on rival drug dealers. Then there are the gangs which probably pose the most threat to the lives of young men. These are groups of men (gangs) whose main purpose is to carry out crime, launch attacks on rival gangs and generally wreak havoc and fear on society. Many young men are attracted to gangs under the false guise that gangs offer them security and also a sense of belonging. This is especially important to young men who come from homes where the family is dysfunctional or the father is absent. Many join gangs at the age of 12, 13.years. But it is not until later that they come to learn what gang banging is all about. The crime, the drugs, the murders and executions. And by then it is too late. If they are given instructions to do a crime , even carry out a hit and they refuse or they 'mess up', they, themselves might be killed. if they try to leave the gang they are also killed. And now there is talk about one gang having a civil war. That one set of the gang members have turned on another faction and that may be the reason behind the recent increase in murders. So mothers continue to lose their sons and the country continues to mourn as its streets flow with blood.


sheeprunner12 1 year, 6 months ago

Who are all of these "innocent victims" being gunned down every day??????? ......... hmmmmm


Farren 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm in Honolulu, Hawaii. Back in the late 60's, 1965 - 1970 our family moved from New York to Bahamas for my father's Company's business. We were there for five (5) yrs. I attended St. Andrew's School downtown Nassau. Over the years I've checked in with people with whom I have had contact back in the day. Many moved away to Florida and are too seldom there or not at all. Cutting to the chase, "how did this country go 'AWAL' ... aka, 'POSTAL'? How? I remember this country as AMAZING with EXTRAORDINARY people from '65 - '70. How did this place become sooo criminal? Believe your country must go back to the United Kingdom. Your country has been independent for 40+ yrs. and from the late 80's it has been eroded. Was there is 87 and the out-of-control tornado had already begun. It seems that people born in the late 80's & 90's in that country are the problem. Crime is centered on people between the ages of 17 - 24. Your country is in mayhem; freefall into doom. Stringent intervention is REQUIRED or it will continue its decent into the abyss! SERIOUS!


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