Crime scene officers gather evidence at the scene after four people were killed in a drive by shooting. Pictured is Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade as he addressed several community residents regarding the incident.
By Travis Cartwright-Carroll
Nassau Guardian Staff Reporter
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Four people were shot and killed as the result of a drive by shooting in Nassau, Bahamas, on Friday night, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said at the scene of the crime.
Greenslade, who called the incident an unacceptable tragedy, said another four people were shot during the barrage of gunfire.
However, Herbert Brown, managing director of the Public Hospitals Authority, said that seven people were being treated in hospital as a result of the mass shooting.
Shortly after 6 pm a dark colored Honda car drove to the Fox Hill roundabout when its occupants opened fire on a crowd of people, Greenslade said.
Greenslade said the killers used a variety of weapons. He said at least eight people were shot as a result; one man died at the scene and two men and a woman died in hospital.
Brown said that another person was in surgery late last night.
“This is very tragic for this community, and indeed very tragic for this country,” Greenslade said.
“We have recovered a vehicle, which we believe is the car that was on the scene occupied by those persons.
“We are asking the public at large and all of the good people here in Fox Hill to please call us as soon as you can.
“Help us to take these dangerous people from our communities so that they can kill no one else.”
According to reports the car pulled through Reeves Street where a group of people were near a wall outside the Fox Hill Congos Junkanoo Shack and opened fire.
The Guardian understands that the people were waiting for the Junkanoo results for the B group category.
Greenslade said police are looking into a possible connection between Friday night’s murders and a Boxing Day murder that occurred in Fox Hill.
Police said a man was sitting on a bucket on the side of the road when assailants in a silver, four-door Honda approached the man and fired several shots, which hit him in the face.
Dozens of onlookers crowed the scene last night and many were left shocked. There was even a video posted on Facebook of the scene moments after the tragedy.
Greenslade was on scene with most of the senior members of the police force.
“I will remain in Fox Hill tonight and we are going to ensure that these communities, and these people, can go to their beds tonight despite the heavy grief on their hearts,” he said.
He promised “with every ounce of energy” that he would pursue the suspects and bring them to justice.
“We have to stop this,” he said.
“We have been arresting young Bahamian men and women until we are blue in the face.
“They seem not to be afraid of us, the system. We are going to have to draw a line in the sand and I believe we have to do that tonight.”
Brown said last night that the Princess Margaret Hospital was on lock down for a few hours.
He said in events such as Friday night’s, police are required for the safety of PMH’s staff and patients.
He noted that both police and defence force officers were present at the hospital during the lockdown that was lifted after 10 o’clock last night.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened by the news of the death of so many Fox Hillians who harmed no one”.
“This is an unspeakable tragedy,” said Mitchell who was out of the country on Friday. “I am on my way back home. I mourn with Fox Hill. Some of those who died were my close friends. We grew together in Fox Hill. This is too sad for words.
“I have spoken to the leaders of the community and have urged everyone to remain calm and to allow the authorities to carry out this investigation. We must bring the perpetrators to justice.
“When I think of how well the Fox Hill Congos did in the Junkanoo parade and just the simple act of waiting for junkanoo results can bring such unspeakable horror, I am speechless.”
Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian