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Our communities owe no refuge to these callous criminals that shoot their guns at groups of innocent people in densely populated neighbourhoods. They clearly have no regard for who might be injured or killed - Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva.

A gunshot appears to have been fired directly at police officers, residents and some children during a broad daylight shooting on Saturday, according to Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Wright.

Mr Wright described this weekend's spree of gun activity as “callous and cowardly” acts.

On Friday night around 10.20pm shots were heard at the junction of Laffan and Cedar Avenue in Pembroke, where a number of shell casings and bullet heads were found.

Ninety minutes later a 16-year-old boy was shot multiple times while sitting outside Rambling Lane, in Pembroke, with a group of youths. The teenager was said to be in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The third incident took place on Saturday afternoon at 1.30pm after police had just finished an investigation of the Rambling Lane crime scene and while residents were out and about.

Mr Wright said: “During the morning of Saturday March 26 officers completed their forensic examinations at Rambling Lane and released that crime scene.

“Several police officers dressed in plain clothes were still at that location in company with other local residents including some children when they heard the sound of a gun shot.

“A single bullet head was recovered very close to where the group were standing and it appears this group was fired upon.”

He said the incident has left everybody shaken, including the police officers and had “placed everybody in mortal danger”.

Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva added: "The community should be outraged by these incidents and our telephones and those at Crime Stoppers should be ringing off the hook as concerned citizens phone in any information – however seemingly insignificant – that might help the police to recover guns and take these reckless and dangerous gunmen off the streets for a long time.

"The Bermuda Police Service will relentlessly pursue all serious crime investigations in an effort to identify and arrest those responsible and prevent any escalation of gang violence or retaliation attacks.

"I want to publicly commend the bravery of our police officers who are working so hard to make Bermuda safer and I want to remind you that the Bermuda Police Service relies on public support to achieve this.

"Our communities owe no refuge to these callous criminals that shoot their guns at groups of innocent people in densely populated neighborhoods.

"They clearly have no regard for who might be injured or killed. I urge anyone with any information not to protect these criminals with your silence. Call the police and your information will be swiftly acted upon."

People with information are urged to call 295-0011 or the independent CrimeStoppers hotline on 800-8477.

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Published March 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm (Updated March 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm)

WITH VIDEO: Gunshot fired at police and innocent bystanders

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