NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The police on Monday appealed to citizens to provide information “no matter how small or insignificant the tip may seem” as they launched investigations into several murders in the Bahamas over the weekend.
Police said that the information could be provided anonymously or through Crime Stoppers.
They said that on Sunday, a man was shot dead while standing outside of his home. The authorities said that the unidentified man was approached by two armed gunmen who shot him before fleeing on foot.
In another incident, the police said two separate shooting incidents have resulted in one man being killed and two others hospitalised on Saturday.
The police said in the first incident, a group of people were attending a party, 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 of them remains in serious condition and the other in stable condition.
In the second incident, an unidentified male was standing outside of his home when the occupants of a vehicle pulled up and shot him before speeding off. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police said that two of their colleagues have been hospitalised after they were shot by a suspect who has since been detained.
They said the shootings on Sunday occurred when the male and a female police officer responded to a domestic incident at a home in the capital.
“While at the home, a man arm with a shotgun approached and shot both of them. The officers returned fire but the suspect was able to flee in a vehicle. The two officers were taken to hospital where they remain in stable condition,” a police statement said, adding that the suspect was held suffering gunshot wounds. Police also recovered a shotgun from the suspect.
Police said on Friday, three people were shot dead during two separate shooting incidents.
In the first incident, “a male was walking with two other males… when a male armed with a handgun approached and shot him before fleeing on foot. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene”.
In the second incident on Saturday, a group of people were at a nightclub, when an altercation occurred that led to a male armed with a handgun firing several shots into a crowd.
“One male was shot as he attempted to leave in his vehicle. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Another male was taken to hospital where he later died,” the statement said, adding that the police have launched an island-wide manhunt for the suspects.
In other criminal activities over the weekend, police said they seized several rounds of ammunition during an operation in Nassau Village.
An American national along with three Bahamians including two women have been taken into custody in connection with the discovery.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Free National Movement (FNM) has called on the government to break its silence on the crime situation in the country.
“Those charged with ensuring the safety of our nation, must reassure citizens, and all residents, that the situation is under control,” said the FNM’s Marvin Dames.
He said that with 25 murders already on the record, “an average of one murder every two days, and a pace that, if continued, will certainly lead to another heinous murder record, making a case that the nation is secure is extremely difficult.
“However, silence on the part of our national security officials will not do,” he added.