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Gang affiliation: Police considered him a member of 42.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Date of murder:



Hamilton Parish Workman's Club (Crawl Club), Workmens Lane, Crawl Hill.


Mr Puckerin was shot by an assailant at the entrance to the club at closing time on a particularly cold, wet and windy evening, while patrons were drinking up in the bar. Witnesses heard two or three shots. The assailant entered the grounds of the club from Radnor Estate Road and left the same way.

What happened:

a bullet in the chest, according to his father. Perry Puckerin Sr was told his son was shot at close-range underneath the arm and the bullet travelled through his chest, killing him almost instantly.

Victim died from:


Other casualties:

Weapon: A .40 calibre gun which was also used to murder Kumi Harford a month before and has been linked to a string of fatal and non-fatal shootings.

Police said a person dressed in a hooded sweat top and seen in the vicinity of the club, Radnor Estate Road, My Lord's Bay and Rocky Lane was of “particular interest” to the murder inquiry team.

Description of suspect:

Mr Puckerin's parents said he feared for his life in the weeks before he was killed. They blamed the Parkside gang for the murder but mother Maxzine said there was “no sort of reason why we can understand why they took his life”. Police say it's proved difficult to determine an exact motive other than gang rivalry.

Possible motive:

Police have not publicly linked any other shooting to the murder though it's understood that the person who killed James Lawes in March 2010 may have been hunting for Mr Puckerin's killer and got the wrong man.

Retaliatory attacks:

Detectives described a nearby blaze 20 minutes after the shooting as suspicious. The fire was at a carpentry workshop a few streets away from the murder scene in Rocky Lane. Police say it appears to be linked and was consistent with the modus operandi of other shootings.

Other information:

Three people were arrested in connection with the murder and all were bailed pending further inquiries.


Detectives want information from anyone in the area between the club and Ducks Puddle, Hamilton Parish, between 8pm and 10.30pm on January 3. They also want to talk to anyone who saw Mr Puckerin at the Mid Atlantic Boat Club on North Shore Road, Devonshire, between 7pm and 8.30pm that night.

Witness appeal:

If you have any information that could help solve this murder contact the Serious Crime Unit on

Who to call:

247-1340 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on


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Published September 12, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 12, 2011 at 10:06 am)

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