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Police investigate shooting attempt

Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

An investigation has been launched after it was reported that a handgun jammed during an attempted shooting late Sunday night on Court Street.

Police appealed for information about the incident, which was said to have happened in just after 11pm on Sunday.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said a member of the public reported that a man pointed a silver handgun at another man who was sitting on a white bike near the junction of Court Street and Elliott Street.

He added: “The caller stated the suspect attempted to discharge the weapon when it jammed.

“It was reported the suspect then ran off through the parking lot towards Union Street. Police attended the scene which was cordoned off and forensically processed.

“Several rounds of live ammunition were recovered during a search of the area. These were seized and have been sent for further processing.

“CCTV footage of the incident is now being reviewed as part of the investigative process.”

Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph, the officer in charge of the Specialist Investigations Unit, highlighted the importance of working with police.

He said: “We are thankful to the caller who alerted us to this incident. However, there were several individuals in the area when it occurred.

“Despite the efforts of officers at the scene, no one was willing to say what they saw or assist police with their enquiries.”

Mr Joseph added: “Thankfully, last night’s incident did not result in injury or worse.

“However, the police are not in this alone and it will take a community effort to put an end to this kind of criminal activity which has already caused unnecessary loss of life and pain to so many families.

“Please, we are urging anyone with information on what happened last night to get in contact with us.”

Anyone with information can call 211, the main police number 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

The police spokesman reminded residents that details can also be given to "a police officer with whom you are familiar“.