24-year-old man dies after shooting outside Warwick club
A 24-year-old man has died after a shooting at a community club, police said last night.
The incident happened just after an Easter event that involved about 100 children and their families at Warwick Workmen’s Club.
The children and their families gathered at the club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, to make traditional Easter kites and take part in an Easter egg hunt.
Lorenzo Tucker, the president of the Cobb’s Hill Road club, said: “Unfortunately, there was an unrelated incident that occurred in the parking lot after the event ended.”
Mr Tucker said: “The club will continue to stand with and support our community.”
The family event, which included dinner, was held between 4pm and 8pm.
Officers descended on the club after reports of “multiple gunshots” just after 8.30pm.
The injured man was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead by doctors.
Police, who appealed for witnesses, could not confirm whether the shooting was gang-related.
A police spokesman said: “With the investigation into this incident still in the early stages, details are limited.”
The spokesman dismissed rumours that the shooting was linked to an incident claimed to have happened in the Heron Bay area of Southampton.
He said: "There has been no report of any such incident to the BPS and there is nothing to indicate that this matter is linked to any other incident that may have occurred tonight or previously."
Police said there were several customers in the club at the time of the shooting and appealed for them, and anyone else with information that could assist the inquiry, to contact them.
It was the second gun murder in the space of two days.
Laje Franklin, 18, was shot and killed on Tuesday night near Clearwater Beach in St David’s.
The body was found by a member of the public out for exercise at about 6.30am on Wednesday.
Police inquiries into the St David’s shooting also continue.
Anyone with information on either killing should contact the main police number at 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477.