Police say murder was gang-related, but victim had no gang affiliation
The murder of Jordan Outerbridge was gang-related, police said yesterday.
Mr Outerbridge, a husband and father of two, was shot dead near the junction of Ord Road and Tribe Road No. 2 shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday.
This morning police said they did not believe that Mr Outerbridge was affiliated to any gang, but said the shooting was gang-related.
Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro said: “The Serious Crime Unit is currently looking at all the evidence in the case, and regrettably, we are of the view that the cruel killing of Jordan Outerbridge, a loving husband and father, was gang related.
“Whilst we do not hold the view that Mr Outerbridge is or was affiliated with any gang, or gang activity, we are confident his killers were part of an organized and criminal gang.
“As we have previously stated, the method, circumstances, and physical evidence in the case points to methods often used by criminal gangs to injure or kill members of our community.”
Detectives said an ’an emerging hypothesis’ was that Mr Outerbridge was a victim of mistaken identity.
“For too long, the scourge of gangs in Bermuda has been permitted by the silent minority, who could help to make Bermuda safer,” said Mr Pedro.
“We ask each of you do something to help make Bermuda safer, and turn in these killers.
“The families of Mr Outerbridge, and countless others who have lost their lives, or been maimed by gun violence, need you to speak up.”
Earlier this week, Bermuda’s gang reduction co-ordinator the incident may not have been totally gang-related — even if some of those involved may have been gang members.
Leroy Bean, whose Gang Violence Reduction Team has been in contact with the affected families and communities, said Mr Outerbridge’s death “did not have to be”.
He added: “I don’t think this is directly gang-related, even as there may be suspected gang members involved. It is obviously a sad, regrettable situation, and we empathise and are giving support to the affected families in this time of despair.
The Bermuda Police Service also said today that they “would like recognise the important work done by the Gang Violence Reduction Team, who have assisted in quelling serious gang activity over the past several years, activity that many in the public will not be aware of”.
Anyone with any information is urged to call 295-0011 or 800-TIPS.