Men were caught in the gunfire’
A gunman claimed the life of a “loving father” after he shot at a group of people in a city street, police said yesterday.
Police confirmed the incident was connected to gang activity but that there was no suggestion that Taylor Grier, who was 30 and the founder of a dance group, was involved with gangs.
Acting Chief Inspector Arthur Glasford said: “This senseless act of violence took the life of one of Bermuda’s most prominent dancers and a loving father, and the Bermuda Police Service is committed to bringing the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice.”
He was speaking after Mr Grier and another man were shot at the junction of Hamilton’s Court Street and Elliott Streets on Friday at about 10pm.
Mr Grier was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The other victim, a 55, was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
A man was arrested in connection with the shooting late on Friday night and police are hunting another man.
Mr Grier died after two men on a motorbike wearing dark clothes and full-face helmets with visors drove off Till’s Hill in the area of Elliott Street.
One man got off the bike and opened fire before he got back on the bike. The two drove up Court Street and escaped down Angle Street.
A CCTV image that showed the gunman opening fire was released by police yesterday in the hope witnesses would come forward.
Mr Glasford said: “The crowd rapidly dispersed, however, two men were caught in the gunfire.”
He added that police were prepared to clamp down on any risk of reprisals in the wake of the shooting.
He said: “We do have a robust policing plan and we will act on it. We still have an additional suspect at large and we want to put the appeal out to witnesses to come forward and pass on their information.”
He added: “We have been down this road before and we will put a plan in place.
“If there is an indicator that we are going back to previous years, we will deal with any information we receive to suggest that gang tensions are rising or activity is increasing.
“The events that have just occurred have caused us to focus our efforts on reducing gang tensions and doing what we can to mitigate any other opportunities for violence.
“This is not something that the community should be tolerant of, and the Bermuda Police are concerned but confident with our policing plan.
“This event will cause an increase in tensions within the community and within the gang community and people should be ensured that we have a robust policing plan in place.”
Mr Grier, a father of one, was a founding member of dance group Bermuda Squad, which was set up to help young men.
Mr Glasford said the community should take a stand against violence.
He added the murder probe was led by Detective Sergeant Dean Martin.
Mr Glasford said: “Already officers have started canvassing the area, however, with limited information from the community.
“On the evening of July 27, there were a number of individuals who were in the area who witnessed this incident.
“Also, there may be someone who has information related to this incident either before or after the shooting took place.”
He told the public: “We honour Taylor’s memory by doing whatever we can to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“No matter how insignificant you believe the information you have is, we would like to hear from you.
“This will require individuals to be bold and to take a stand on violence in their community.”
Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Martin on 295-0011 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.
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