A popular nightspot became the setting for Grand Bahama’s second murder of the year late Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Chief Superintendent of Police and Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Central Division, Wendell Smith, spoke to media at the West Mall Shopping Complex scene, Downtown.
Smith said that police received a call sometime around 10:40 p.m. regarding a shooting at the West Mall Shopping Complex located on West Mall Drive.
“Officers responded to the scene … Preliminary information is that a male who was seated in the establishment was accosted and would have received apparent gunshots,” he said.
Smith added that the victim ran outside of the club after the assailants, where he collapsed.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS personnel) were called to the scene and reported no signs of life.
Smith noted that the police will continue investigations into the murder as well as the first murder of the year, which took place just three days prior on New Year’s Day (January 1).
Police were called to the Gladstone Terrace area where they discovered the body of a male with gunshot wounds. EMS personnel were called to the scene and reported no signs of life.
“This was not the way we would have wished to start the new year,” he said.
Smith appealed to the public to share any information they may have regarding these matters with the police to assist in closing these cases.
“We appeal to members of the public to continue to work with the police because the community is only as safe as we collectively make it,” he said.
Smith also took the opportunity to warn all people intent on committing crimes that the police will stop at nothing to catch them.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clarence Reckley later informed that they are making significant progress in the case of Grand Bahama’s latest murder.
“We have, at this time, two persons of interest in custody assisting us in the advancement of our investigation,” he said.
The investigation is ongoing.
The 2018 murder rate has gotten off to a much earlier start than that the previous year. No murders had occurred in 2017 until Joseph Bain and Stephon LaFrance were fatally shot on Wednesday (February 1) in the Logwood Road area.