Police identify man shot dead
Police today identified Jonathan Dill as the 30-year-old Pembroke man was shot dead outside a residence on The Glebe Road, Pembroke last night.
Chief Inspector Nick Pedro said the murder was committed by a lone gunman on motorcycle, who targeted his victim.
Neighbours near the junction with St Monica's Road, reported five gunshots around 10.20pm, on an otherwise quiet evening.
They said the shots came from a cottage said to be a popular area for young men to congregate.
“I just heard the shots and then grabbed my children,” a resident told The Royal Gazette this morning.
Police have appealed for witnesses, especially anyone who may have seen men on a motorcycle behaving suspiciously.
According to Superintendent Sean Field-Lament, the victim was found in an unresponsive state outside a residence. He was subsequently taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The man's death marked the third gun murder of this year, following the double shooting of Haile Outerbridge and Ricco Furbert in January.
It also follows the stabbing deaths of Verneil Richardson in June and 22-year-old Stephen Jireh Iris on The Glebe Road last month.
Walter Roban, PLP MP for Pembroke East released the following statement this morning:
“I am deeply saddened for the family of the victim murdered last night and for our community in the Glebe Road/St Monica's area. This marks the second shooting in two weeks and residents of this area of have seen far too many tragedies like these in recent years.
“As the Parliamentary representative for this area, I stand with the residents and condemn this senseless act of violence. On behalf of the Progressive Labour Party, our condolences go out to the family of the victim.”
He continued: “As a people, we must remain vigilant and committed in our efforts to combat and eliminate violence in our community. These murders affect all of us. We appeal to anyone who may have witnessed what happened to cooperate with the authorities in order to bring justice and closure for the victim, their family and loved ones.”
Shots were heard around East Park Lane in Pembroke the day before the Island's most recent murder.
It occurred close to an array of police security cameras overlooking the road from light poles.
Pointing to a series of old bullet holes in a nearby wall, an area resident angrily questioned whether the surveillance technology would catch assailants who may have exited by a driveway adjacent to the CCTV.
“I'm tired of it,” he said, requesting not to be named. “All these shootings happen right here. They spent all that money on these cameras, they ought to be able to find out who's doing it.”
Police said late last night: “No further information regarding the deceased will be given at this time until the next of kin is notified.
“A full investigation is underway with officers from the Serious Crime Unit and Forensic Support Unit conducting inquiries at the scene.”
Anyone with possible information is asked to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.