Man dies after Independence Day shooting


Tribune Staff Reporter


A 24-year-old man died in hospital shortly after he was shot multiple times on Independence Day during a backyard celebration with friends.

The killing took place shortly after noon off East Street and took the country's murder count to 72 for the year, according to The Tribune's records.

Officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash, said officers are on the hunt for “up to four men” they believe were involved in the murder.

“We are still in the early stages of our investigation but I can tell you that we have some leads we are following,” Chief Supt Cash said.

"What we do know is shortly after noon, the victim was on Fowler Street, off East Street sitting in an open yard with a group of people when a black Nissan Teana drove past in a westerly direction.

“The car turned around, heading east, and a lone gunman got out of the vehicle on the rear passenger side. He was armed with a handgun and shot the victim before getting back into the vehicle and speeding off in an unknown direction. No one else was hurt during the shooting. The victim was taken to hospital by a private vehicle, where he died of his injuries shortly after his arrival. We are following some leads, but we need the public's help to solve this crime."

Police have not identified the victim but The Tribune understands he is Levardo Sherman Deveaux Thompson.

Anyone with information on this homicide 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.

Last month, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said the FNM would start rolling out its new crime plan "with immediate effect," but cautioned that there will not be a "quick fix" to the high levels of crime.

He did not specify what these initiatives will be.

At the time, Mr Dames said he was in the process, along with the executive team of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), of examining how to best utilise RBPF officers and resources in an effort to develop medium-term and long-term plans to reduce crime.

In the short term, he said, officers will saturate New Providence, particularly in high crime areas.


Giordano 5 years, 10 months ago

The wave of crime seems to be unstoppable untill law enforcement officers start simultaneously to tackle the cause and symptoms of crime respectively and realizing that the cause is the most important to address,for example: still failing to address "Minor Complaints" . It is a popular believe that a very high percentage of crime, (many of us believe as high as 95%) Police has previous information far before the crime happens but they fail to act. It's like we have a Post_Mortem RBPF without sense of direction about finding the right approach to address crime specially the most disturbing one: Murder. I do have some valuable ideas with more value than money,willing to share them with the Prime MInister & Minister of National Security to be implemented as soon as possible to significantly decrease murder, Systematically,near to zero murder. I know for many,it sounds too good to be true but it is a very comprehensive plan of approach which involves a more active role of the community in a nontraditional way never seen before where most of the population would feel fully satisfied,dignified,respected and secure publicly and privately. It might imply drastic modification to the way we live but once fully implemented,in 90 days,near zero murder plan, will show tangible results. Guaranteed!.


birdiestrachan 5 years, 10 months ago

  • I never blame any Government for the high rate of murders. but for those who do they can no longer blame Doctor Nottage . They can now blame Mr: Dames. The Police force remains the same and all can rest assured the answer does not lie in or with Mr Dames

When will the news media start to count murders under the FNM or was that only for the PLP


killemwitdakno 5 years, 10 months ago

Why no description of the vehicle?


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