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Two More Men Die As Bloody Weekend Shooting Spree Continues

TWO men died as a result of separate shootings in Nassau on Saturday night, taking a bloody weekend's murder toll to five in a 28-hour period. There have been 11 homicides in 11 days in February, according to The Tribune's records.

In the first incident, shortly after 10pm, a group was attending a party on Deans Street, off Nassau Street, when the occupants of a blue self-drive vehicle pulled up and fired several shots into the crowd before speeding off. Two males were shot and taken to hospital, where one succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning, according to police. The other is reported in stable condition.

Shortly after 11pm, a male was standing outside his home on Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, when the occupants of a white Nissan vehicle pulled up and shot him before speeding off. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police are actively investigating these two incidents and have launched an island-wide manhunt for the suspects responsible. They are appealing to the public for information to assist in their investigations.

Saturday night's fatal shootings follow three others which left three people dead on Friday night and early Saturday morning - two men following an altercation at a Nassau night club and a teenage boy fatally wounded in Dale Park.

According to police reports, shortly after 12.30am on Saturday, a group at a nightclub on East and Lewis Streets became involved in an altercation that led to a man with a handgun firing several shots into a crowd.

One man was shot as he attempted to leave in his vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene. Another man was taken to hospital where he later died.

The weekend murders take the toll for the country for 2017 to 25, according to The Tribune's records.

On Friday night a teenage boy was shot dead by a lone gunman at Dale Park, Peardale.

Chief Superintendent Clayton Fernander, office in charge of the Central Detective Unit, said that around 7.30pm, a boy in his early teens was walking across the park when he was approached and shot by a lone gunman, who fled on foot. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Supt Fernander said the young man was known to the police and was in and out of custody for questioning on a number of serious matters. He said he did not know the motive at this stage but appealed to members of the public who police know were on the park at the time to come forward with information. However, he said the teen had probably been targeted.

He also said police were not ruling out a connection to the murder on Tuesday morning of 23-year-old Benjamin Anderson, of nearby Ida Street, who was described by police as a “prolific offender”. He was shot multiple times and killed while standing in front of his home.

Chief Supt Fernander said that on Monday several people would be charged in court with a number of recent homicides, including the Ida Street incident.

He implored parents to pay attention to their children, especially young men. "Again we ask the question," he said. "A little teen, in his early teens - where are the parents? We continue to say that we are losing our young men on both sides of the coins as the victims, deceased persons and also the accused persons."

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viewersmatters 2 years, 7 months ago

This is a safe Bahamas said Minister of national security, don't worry about bullets flying rapidly everyday just duck and try not to get hit and your won't become a victim of crime. The minister needs to walk the streets of Nassau by himself without his handgun and see how safe Nassau really is.

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ohdrap4 2 years, 7 months ago

a murder a day keeps the doctor away.

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John 2 years, 7 months ago

If the killings continue at the rate the are at for the first six weeks of 2017, the country will easily record over 200 murders. With the exception of what was said at the PLP's convention and the mumblings of police officers from time to time after they scoop up another dead body, the government has been deafening silent about the large (and increasing) number of murders in the country. Whilst the commissioner maintains that the murders are not random, there's been several recent incidents where gunmen shot into crowds, not only killing victims but injuring others. Even as a sense of paranoia is growing in communities where killings are more frequent, little community effort is being made to combat these murders. If fact many are in a state of helplessness. Hopelessness as many say, "you know when you wake up every other morning someone get kill. You just have to listen to the news or go on Facebook to find out who it is. Maybe the time has come for police spokesmen to stop saying " he was a prolific offender that was known to police," to "This was a young man who had challenges. He had his brushes with the law but now look at his achievement today. " The constant murders, killings, executions, call them what you may, is making many numb to the seriousness of death, especially murder, the unexpected death that comes at the hands of another. Young men's hearts are becoming even more hardened as they grieve for or even witness friends and family being killed. And mothers too. While many will have to live and die with a broken heart after losing one or more children or other family members to murder, others will have to live with the fact that they bore them, and brought into the world, and raised and nourished raw bone, cold blooded and senseless, evil filled killers. Yes and many fathers too.

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Greentea 2 years, 7 months ago

This is an all out gang war. Someone fighting for some perceived power. No real revelation there. Many of these young men are high school drop outs, gang members, some from ok, but most from not so well situated family lives. Not much in their heads except money, wearing Nike, Hilfiger and Jordans, violence, sex from whomever, getting high and appearing like they have it together. I would go so far to say that many of them are dumb, easily manipulated and if they like to get high, even more easily manipulated. Many of them have already had their fathers, brothers murdered. Look at their facebook pages (my new thing). Start with the "boy" who got killed on the park "Richie" and you see a troubled boy, obsessed with guns and money, either from dealing drugs, robbing people or being paid as a "hitta". I have never seen as much cash he displayed on his page in one place in my life and I am comfortably middle class. Or check the page of "Faddah" the one who got shot on East and Lewis street and you find out that his brother "Ghost" got shot about six months ago. So they are all connected somehow. And then there is a gaggle of young girls who protect them, drink with them, party with them and if they are interested, I presume sleep with them and cry for them when they die. This is pretty much a contained world. Someone sent me a picture the other day where one young man- don't know if he was in a gang or not, but he got buried with his head resting on a Gucci leather pillow and in Gucci vest. I must say the boy looked good, but it was sad that his best dress day was probably in his casket. As much as I think I grew up in the hood- I don't recognize nor can a relate to this group. These are mostly working class and poor people, many though not all, are the children of immigrants, and 97% are gang members. I think the police hopes they just get rid of each other rather than drift in and out of the judicial system. As one person said on a FB page- if they continue at this rate, maybe decent people will be able to sleep with their doors unlocked and their windows open by May. Which only tells you that as tragic as this is, many Bahamians don't care anymore whether they kill each other - and they won't until it spills over and "truly innocent" people are hurt.

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jusscool 2 years, 7 months ago

Well said GreenTea! We can only pray that the persons left standing will finally realize with all the killings of young persons it makes absolutely no sense to continue. If not then we all will have an extra long road ahead!

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SP 2 years, 7 months ago

This is the answer to PLP solution to crime

Thanks guys...impressive!

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truetruebahamian 2 years, 7 months ago

I really hope that the unwanted criminals are all erased without damage to the productive members of our country.

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John 2 years, 7 months ago

@ true true Bahamian and green tea. The only way to eliminate 'unwanted criminals ' is to stop breeding them and to stop tolerating them. It is true that the majority of persons killed since October are clearly identified as gang members. And many are of one gang in particular. But what efforts are being made to eliminate gangs in this country. What efforts are being made to stem gang activity. Many young boys are recruited or pressured into joining gangs at ages as young as 11 and 12. By the time they realize what gangs and gangbangin is about it is too late. They are already in too deep and must now swim with the tide. And unfortunately some pray for an early death. And the fact is many who are responsible for the demise and destruction of so many young and otherwise innocent souls will pay dearly. Not only here in the Bahamas but in many parts of the world. Guns are not made in the and neither is the drugs that are setting so many young people off. And while their children are tucked away (hopefully safely) in some Ivy League college of at some high paying job, they are busy pumping drugs and guns into poor and less fortunate neighborhoods. And they promote the rap music that promote violence and crime and murder. They make the movies and video games that teach young children to hate police and law and order and how to kill anyone including police that cross your line. They have waxed rich from causing misery and death and mayhem for millions. And they sit in their marble tiled offices with Persian rugs and champagne and cognac and cigars counting their millions. Highly respected persons in their communities. Yea right. But they will pay. It's already starting. Just google the States that are now reporting the highest incidences of drugs used and the highest incidences of overdosing even on prescription drugs. Judgment will come

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Greentea 2 years, 7 months ago

John I am losing faith in judgement. These people you speak of seem immune to the effects of their greed, but maybe its because I just need to "see" their judgement myself and its not for me to witness. I hope you are right.

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