Update, 8:55pm: Minister of National Security Marvin Dames held a press conference late this evening to update the public on the shootings that took place near Jerome Avenue and Chesapeake Rd. shortly before 5pm today. The Minister of Tourism, Dionisio D’Aguilar, who is the member of parliament for the area, along with Police Commisioner Paul Rolle also joined him.
What we know so far:
Six persons were killed in a shooting incident today. The victims were passengers in a silver Honda Inspire vehicle. The perpetrators trailed the victims in a white Kia jeep, and opened fire on the vehicle shortly before 5pm near Jerome Avenue. There were four gunmen in total, two who wielded high-powered automatic rifles, and two who used handguns. Multiple rounds were fired at the Honda vehicle.
A young woman, aged 19, and a young child, age 2, were injured during the event and are currently in critical but stable condition in hospital.
According to Commisioner Rolle, police have opened an ‘incident room’ and officers will maintain a formidable presence until the culprits are apprehended. The police are in the process of acquiring CCTV footage from nearby businesses.
Several of the victims were arrested on firearms charges between Monday and Tuesday of this week. They were released from different police stations today shortly before the killings took place . Others who were arrested with respect to the same charges will be in court tomorrow.
The Commisioner said police are following all leads, and will not allow gang retaliation.
Minister of National Security Marvin Dames asked for the public’s assistance in locating the perpetrators. Dames appealed to the public that “if you know someone who may be responsible…please come forward…we will find them.”
Dames also said “we are a nation of laws” and “we will not allow our nation to be overrun by a group of misfits.”
He also offered condolences to the families on behalf of the government and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Freetown MP, Dionisio D’Aguilar, who represents the area, also expressed shock and offered condolences to the families affected.
The Commisioner appealed to persons with information to contact the police incident room at 502-9929, 502-9942, and 503-9952.
Original Report: Six persons are dead and two others injured and being treated in hospital after a shooting incident near Jerome Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas.
Bahamians are in shock in the wake of the biggest mass shooting event in the country’s history. Police are expected to brief the press shortly.
We will update you as more information becomes available.
Correction: A previous version of this story listed the vehicle the victims were in as a Honda Aspire. It was a Honda Inspire, and this article has been edited to reflect that.