One man dead after Court Street shooting
A man was killed and another injured in a shooting on Court Street at about 10pm last night.
Police arrested a suspect before midnight and detained him at Hamilton Police Station.
The gunman and another person are understood to have arrived on a motorcycle and opened fire at the junction of Court Street and Elliott Street in Hamilton.
Bermuda Police Service spokesman Dwayne Caines confirmed that a 30-year-old died as a result of his injuries.
Mr Caines said that a 55-year-old man had suffered injuries that were not life threatening and was being treated at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
Shortly after the shooting, the two victims could be seen being attended to by bystanders until police and an ambulance arrived.
The assailants rode north on Court Street.
One bystander said he did not see the shooting or suspects, but had heard about six gunshots.
He said: “First there were two shots then I heard bam, bam, bam, bam.
“There were two guys — an ambulance picked one guy then came back for the other. I think two people have been hurt.”
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Court Street, Middle Town, Deep Dale Avenue, Roberts Avenue or Happy Valley Road is asked to call the Police crime scene unit on 295-0011.
Witnesses can also call the confidential Confidential Crime Stoppers Hotline of 800-8477.
Minister for National Security Wayne Caines was at the scene.
He told The Royal Gazette: “This is deeply disturbing after a period of relative calm. This is not what we expected coming into the holiday period.
“We will make sure that we meet the violence with the appropriate force.
“The Bermuda Police Service has long term strategies in place but in the meantime I will ensure that this country is safe and we will do everything in our power to ensure the Cup Match weekend is safe.
“The police are trained and equipped to deal with it.
“The Coordinated Crisis Response Team has been activated — Leroy Bean, members of the social services and key volunteers will be back on the scene later and tomorrow to offer comfort and support to the families and anyone who may have seen anything disturbing.”
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Court Street, Middle Town, Deep Dale Avenue, Roberts Avenue or Happy Valley Road is strongly urged to call the Crime Scene Unit on 295-0011 or the confidential Crimestoppers hotline 800-8477.
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