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Gun fired as police investigate shooting of teenager

A single shot was fired yesterday in Pembroke just metres away from where police were investigating the shooting of a 16-year-old boy about 13 hours earlier.

Inspector Andy Morgan said police were able to quickly respond to reports of the gun shot at Rambling Lane and Fenton Drive at about 1.31pm as they were already at the scene.

No-one was injured in the shooting, which happened at the same place a teenager was shot at about 11.50pm on Friday. The boy was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital but his condition remains unknown.

Yesterday's shooting happened only about 30 minutes after the police cordon was lifted in Rambling Lane. Most police had returned to their duties, but Insp Morgan confirmed there were still several plain-clothed police officers talking to witnesses in the area.

Police said it was too early to say exactly what had happened, but residents said the police officers were sitting on a wall eating their lunch when the bullet was fired from the top of the hill behind them. They said the bullet hit a motorbike and punctured its front tyre.

Insp Morgan said yesterday: “This afternoon at 1.31pm police responded to reports of a gun shot at Rambling Lane and Fenton Drive in Pembroke.

“Officers were already in the area following an incident last night. No injuries have been reported.”

Insp Morgan appealed for witnesses and went on to say “there's nothing to suggest” the single shot was fired to try to scare away the police from the scene.

At about 3pm yesterday forensic officers arrived at the scene as at least ten uniformed and plain-clothed officers stood on guard as residents gathered outside of their homes.

A Police spokesman said in a statement: “Around 11.50pm on Friday, March 25, police responded to a confirmed firearm incident on Rambling Lane in Pembroke. Details are unclear at this time; however, it appears that a 16-year-old male was shot and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance where his condition at this point is unknown.

“Police are appealing for anyone that may have any information about this incident or may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the Rambling Lane, Parsons Road, Curving Avenue Pembroke area to please contact Police on 295-0011 or the independent confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477.”

In a third incident police were called to another firearms incident in Pembroke. It is not known if they are linked.

The spokesman said: “Around 10.20pm on Friday, March 25, police responded to a confirmed firearm incident at the junction of Cedar Avenue and Laffan Street in Pembroke.

“Details are unclear at this time; however there have been no reported injuries. An active investigation into this

underway.

"Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information to contact the Hamilton Criminal Investigation Unit on 295-0011 or the independent, confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477.”

Police blocked off a crime scene Friday evening after bullets were fired on Cedar Avenue in the City of Hamilton.

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Published March 26, 2011 at 8:00 am (Updated March 26, 2011 at 8:37 am)

Gun fired as police investigate shooting of teenager

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