By SANCHESKA DORSETT
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO men are dead and six others are in hospital after a series of shooting incidents over the weekend.
In the latest incident police said a man was shot and killed after an argument with another man inside a nightclub in Murphy Town, Abaco.
The killing took place shortly after 4am on Sunday.
It brought the country’s latest murder count to 81, according to The Tribune’s records.
According to police reports, the victim was involved in an argument with another man near a nightclub off S C Bootle Highway. Shortly after the argument, the suspect allegedly went to his vehicle, got a shotgun and shot the victim before fleeing the area in an unknown direction.
The victim was taken to the local clinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police in Abaco immediately mounted an island-wide manhunt that resulted in the arrest of two male suspects, who are being questioned in connection with this incident.
Police have not identified the victim but The Tribune understands he is Christopher Hield.
The second murder took place shortly after midnight on Saturday off Lincoln Boulevard.
Details of the incident are still sketchy, but Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said police received reports that a man, believed to be dead, was lying near the road. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the lifeless body of a man who appeared to have been shot multiple times.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. ACP Dean said police have no motive for the murder and no suspects in custody at this time.
In a separate incident, shortly after 11pm on Saturday, police said a man was walking on Palm Tree Avenue when a gunman approached. The victim was shot and the assailant fled on foot.
The victim is in stable condition in hospital.
Earlier that day, shortly after 2.30am Saturday, police said a man was involved in an argument with another man at a nightclub on Fox Hill and Sugar Hill Roads that led to him being shot.
A man and woman, who were in the club at the time of the shooting, were also shot as a result of the argument. The three victims were taken to hospital by ambulance where they remain in stable condition.
And on Friday, shortly before 11pm, police said a man was involved in an argument with another man on Miami Street that led to him being shot with a handgun. The suspect fled on foot.
Police are also investigating an armed robbery and shooting that took place early Friday morning.
According to reports, the victim was standing in front of his home at Moncur Alley off Kemp Road, when a man armed with a handgun approached and shot him before fleeing in a silver coloured Honda Fit, vehicle license number 320478.
Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.