Shooting victim identified as husband and father Jordan Outerbridge
Police have identified Jordan Outerbridge, a father and husband, as the man fatally shot in Warwick last night.
Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro said Mr Outerbridge, 37, was shot multiple times in the chest near the intersection of Ord Road and Tribe Road #2 as he walked home from a card game shortly after 10.30pm
Mr Pedro said: “He was leaving the residence at the time due to the impending curfew.
“He was one of the first persons to leave the house and was shot by a gunman wearing a blue-hooded jacket, who subsequently jumped on the back of a waiting motorcycle.
“The rider of that motorcycle was described as wearing all dark clothing, and both were wearing helmets dark in colour.”
Mr Pedro said police were looking into a potential connection between the shooting and a head-on collision between two motorcycles that took place around the same time on Middle Road in Warwick, near the entrance to Belmont.
He said: “We are examining the possibility that the injuries sustained by one of the riders may – may, I stress that – be linked to the shooting that occurred not too far away.
“We haven’t ruled that out. It’s part of the lines of inquiry, so we are also interested in speaking to anyone who may have information in regards to that.”
He said two men were in hospital after they suffered serious injuries in the head-on collision. One of the wounded individuals, a 44-year-old male, was found to have suffered gunshot wounds to his torso. These injuries are being investigated for connections to the shooting.
Mr Pedro said a family liaison officer had been assigned to the family.
He added: “Mr Outerbridge was a gainfully employed person who worked with Link Bermuda – obviously he was well known and loved among his colleagues and family.”
Mr Pedro said police did not have indications that robbery was a motive in the murder, and officers had not ruled out the possibility that the incident was connected to the recent shooting in St George’s.
Asked if the incident may be a case of mistaken identity, Mr Pedro said: “We are looking at all possibilities and with the information that has been obtained by the investigating team.
“There are a few hypotheses in play and we are working with the evidence.”
He added that police did have concerns about potential retaliation attacks in the wake of the shooting. Police have also not ruled out a potential gang connection.
“We are working with the friends and acquaintances of Mr Outerbridge to try and quell that,” Mr Pedro said. “Obviously with anything like this, tempers and emotions get really high and that is always a concern.”
He said high-visibility patrols have been put in place in the area, and officers would go door-to-door in the community to collect information and ease tensions.
Renee Ming, the Minister of National Security, called for the public to do their part by providing any information they might have to the police.
Ms Ming said: "The family, loved ones and friends of the victim are foremost on our minds today as we process another shooting incident that has taken the life of another man.
"I extend my heartfelt condolences to each of them.
“As we grapple with this tragic event, I am urging anyone with any information to please contact the Police.”
She said the island has “much healing and mending to do” and she hoped the community would come together to face its struggles.
Ms Ming said: “At the end of the day we are in this together, and we need to work together.“
Anyone who may have any information on this incident are urged to call the main police number, 295-0011 or, the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.
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