Three men arrested after 26-year-old gunned down
Three suspects were last night in police custody, in connection with the “cold and callous” gang-related murder of a father-to-be.
Jahmiko LeShore, 26, was gunned down near 8.30pm on Tuesday, on Boundary Crescent, Devonshire. Police confirmed they believe his killing is linked to the 42 gang.
Mr LeShore has become this year's second gun victim, following on the February 4 murder of Colford Ferguson at Mangrove Bay in Sandys. Yesterday, Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield noted that only three weeks separate the killings.
“A young Bermudian man has lost his life another example of premeditated murder: a callous and cowardly attack that has left a family grieving for their son. The sympathies of the Bermuda Police Service go out to his family and his friends.”
He said: “The Bermuda Police Service remains resolute to catch and convict not only those responsible for last night's murder, but to capture and convict all those responsible for shootings that have left families grieving and victims seriously injured. We will not stop until we fill our courts with these offenders.”
The three male suspects, one 24 and the others 20, were arrested at two different Devonshire residences early yesterday morning, and police said the crime is being treated as a premeditated murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro said Mr LeShore was “associated” with the property where the shooting occurred, but had not resided there.
Mr LeShore, whose pregnant girlfriend is to give birth “in the coming days”, was shot outside no. 9, Boundary Crescent.
Police arrived in response to a 911 call, and Mr LeShore was taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
A resident of the area said he had heard three gunshots at approximately 8.25pm.
The shooting occurred on a Devonshire cul-de-sac near Elliott Primary School, described by residents as a quiet street,
Kenneth Daniels, who has lived on Boundary Crescent since 1957, called it “a peaceful place, at least up until last night”.
The road remained quiet in the aftermath of the shooting, with half a dozen police cars parked and the house marked off with yellow tape. A police car remained yesterday morning.
Last night, MPs were united in their condemnation of the killing.
National Security Minister David Burch said: “First and foremost, I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. This is a tragic situation and it is terribly disheartening that we continue to grapple with these callous acts of gun violence.
“I understand that the investigation, while in its early stages, has already yielded results, with three arrests. This is a positive development and I want to commend the Bermuda Police Service for their swift efforts in these early hours.”
Mr Burch urged anyone with information to share it with the police.
Opposition national security spokesman Michael Dunkley also offered condolences to Mr LeShore's family.
He said: “The last two murders, this and at Mangrove Bay, have certainly been outside the norm. Sadly another step has been taken. We had a shooting in broad daylight in Somerset and now in a community that has never been rocked by violence. It's another rude awakening to us as a community that although things appeared to have quietened down recently, we still have deep-seated issues that we all need to deal with.”
Bermuda Democratic Alliance MP Mark Pettingill said that the victim's mother, Damita LeShore, was an employee at his law firm Wakefield Quin.
“I said I'd speak out every single time a life is lost in this country as a result of shooting, and I spoke about it (yesterday) in the House of Assembly. I said how deeply shocked I was and sympathetic to a member of our office family. It has cut very close to home.
“I have an office full of very upset colleagues. Sometimes these things happen in our own backyard, and in this case I also happen to live about a quarter of a mile away from where it happened. For a young man to be gunned down like this is senseless. He was very close to his mother, and my understanding was that he had no gang affiliations whatsoever. He may have known somebody who was disliked by someone else, I don't know. It's senseless, and you feel it much more profoundly when it happens to someone near you.”
One suspect is described as wearing a hooded top with a darker coloured jacket, light coloured trousers or jeans, and light coloured shoes.
Police believe the gunman was on foot, but “may have had access to a scooter”, and they have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the Serious Crime unit at 299 8106.
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