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Three men are in custody in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Jahmiko Leshore, police said this afternoon.

Mr Leshore was shot dead last night in Devonshire - the second man to be gunned down this year.

Police confirmed that the shooting is suspected as gang related, possibly to the 42nd gang.

At a press conference this afternoon Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro said: “May I start by offering my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Leshore on behalf of the investigating team.

“At 8.30pm on Tuesday March 1, police responded to 911 reports of a person having been shot at Boundary Crescent, Devonshire.

“A 26-year-old male whom I can now identify as Jahmiko Leshore, of Devonshire, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and subsequently succumbed to his injuries at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Mr Leshore leaves behind a pregnant girlfriend who is due to give birth in the near future, and numerous members of family and friends.

“A full complement of detectives from the Bermuda Police Serious Crimes Unit is investigating this incident, and it is being considered as 'premeditated murder'.

“Forensic Crime Scene examiners and detectives continue their examination of the evidence gathered from the scene and speaking with witnesses.

“I can confirm that three males have been arrested on suspicion of murder, and are currently in custody following arrest operations at two different residences early this morning. One male is aged 24, and the others are aged 20.

“The enquiry team is anxious to speak with anyone in the Boundary Crescent and Hermitage Road, Devonshire area that may have seen a person or persons on a motorcycle and also on foot in these areas between 8pm and 8.35pm on the evening of Tuesday.

“One suspect is believed to have been wearing a hooded top with a darker colored jacket, light colored trousers or jeans, and light coloured shoes or sneakers.”

MP Mark Pettingill said that the victim's mother was an employee at his law firm Wakefield Quin, and that Mr LeShore was not someone with links to Bermuda's gangs.

"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 this morning in the House. 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."

This afternoon Opposition national security spokesman Michael Dunkley also offered condolences to Mr Leshore's family.

“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 appear to have quietened down recently, we still have deep-seated issues that we all need to deal with.”

The Serious Crime Unit can be contacted on 299-8106. Alternatively, anyone with information can call the confidential and independent Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline at 800-8477 (TIPS).

Murder victim Jahmiko Leshore
Police maintain a presence outside the residence where a 26-year-old was fatally shot and killed yesterday.

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Published March 02, 2011 at 1:00 pm (Updated March 02, 2011 at 1:26 pm)

Three men in custody over gang-related gun murder

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