Bahamas: Boy struck by a car as shooters flee

By Rumi Samuel Published on May 02, 2023
Bahamas: Boy struck by a car as shooters flee

A primary school student was struck on Johnson Road by the getaway vehicle used by assailants who shot a 30-year-old man yesterday afternoon, police said.

According to police, the man had just arrived at his home on Mandingo Alley, Fox Hill, around 3:25 p.m., when two gunmen exited a burgundy Japanese car.

The gunmen shot him several times before fleeing.

“It is further reported that as the suspects fled the scene onto Johnson Road, a male student from a nearby primary school was struck by the suspect’s vehicle,” police said.

Both victims were taken to hospital.

The 30-year-old Fox Hill man was last listed in serious condition, and the student was in stable condition, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information on this matter to contact them at 502-9991 or 919.

While Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander said last week that serious crimes decreased by 28 percent year over year, police have reported a spate of murders and shootings in recent weeks.

The murder count is 44 for the year.

The last murder happened last Wednesday when police said a man was killed in Kennedy Subdivision.

Last week, Fernander reported that 10 of the suspects in the 41 murders that had occurred up to that point were out on bail after being charged with other murders, and 11 of the victims who were murdered were also on bail, including eight who were being electronically monitored.

“We know that the players, they continue to re-offend,” Fernander said.

“There is a revolving door for persons who commit crimes and are arrested, charged and placed before the courts only to be released on bail. In some instances, the punishment does not fit the crime.

“We will continue to do our part to disrupt the sale of drugs in the community, [implement] aggressive stop and search operations to undercover contraband and illegal firearms, target prolific offenders and track down wanted suspects.”

Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe last week called on parents and community leaders to get involved in the fight to save children.

He said at some point, young men transformed into killers.

Police did not release the names of any suspects in relation to the shooting in Fox Hill yesterday.

It is unknown whether they are known to police.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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