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Gunman brandishes weapon near police station

A gun was reportedly brandished near Hamilton Police Station during rush hour and in daylight yesterday.

No one was injured in the incident on the junction of Court and Victoria Streets around 5.30pm.

A police spokesman said: “Two men on a motorcycle were riding through the area when the pillion passenger brandished what appeared to be a firearm at another motorist. No shots were fired and no one was injured.”

Responding to the news, Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief said: “If something like that did happen I would not be surprised because there have been other brazen acts of gang-like behaviour where people have brandished firearms.”

He noted that Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva unveiled statistics earlier this week showing firearms incidents dropped 37 percent last year compared to 2010.

“What this (incident) does tell me is that the police strategy to continue stop-checks is the way to continue to arrest this type of behaviour,” he said.

The police spokesman said a full investigation is underway and appealed for witnesses, particularly anyone who may have been in the area around the time in question, to call the police on 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

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Published February 24, 2012 at 8:18 am (Updated February 24, 2012 at 8:17 am)

Gunman brandishes weapon near police station

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