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Bahamas police detain 60 in fatal drive-by shooting
Published on December 31, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Royston Jones Jr.
Nassau Guardian Staff Reporter

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Police in The Bahamas said over the weekend they had 60 people in custody in connection with a drive-by shooting on Friday night, which left four people dead and seven others injured.

The shooting shocked residents of the close-knit Fox Hill community in eastern New Providence and many others across the country, and prompted Prime Minister Perry Christie to renew his pledge to “beat back” the crime scourge.

Police have since recovered the vehicle used in the shooting, according to Superintendent Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective Unit.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said police were still questioning the 60 people yesterday.

Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said that just after 6 pm occupants of a dark gray Honda drove to the Fox Hill roundabout and shot into a crowd.

The group was gathered near the Fox Hill Congos Junkanoo shack waiting for the Junkanoo results for the B group category, The Nassau Guardian understands.

Police said on Sunday they were searching for two other men in relation to the mass shooting.

According to the police commissioner, the assailants used a variety of weapons to carry out their crimes.

He said one man died at the scene and two men and a woman died in hospital.

Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said in a statement on Saturday that he was outraged and saddened by the horrific tragedy.

He offered condolences and his deepest sympathy to the families of those who died and those who were injured.

Nottage said no stone would be left unturned in locating the people responsible for the “atrocious act”.

“I wish to reassure members of the public that the police are utilizing all resources at their disposal to ensure that these brazen and heartless criminals are arrested, prosecuted and punished,” he said.

“However, the police cannot do it on their own. I urge you, the members of the public, who may have relevant information surrounding this senseless shooting to immediately come forward and share the information with the police.”

Nottage said the government has heard the public’s outcry and will ensure all available public resources are used to curb the “escalating, unacceptable criminal behaviour”.

Ferguson also urged the community to assist the police in bringing all of the people responsible for the brutal attack to justice.

Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian
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