Police investigating shooting which left a female with chest injury

PATRICK YOUNG

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a shooting incident that occurred during the early morning hours of August 8, which left a female hospitalized after sustaining serious injury.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Terecita Pinder, Public Affairs and Communication Officer (PACO) said on Thursday (August 8) that shortly after 12:00 a.m. yesterday, a female was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH) via private vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident occurred at a business establishment on Midshipman Road, where three adult males and two females allegedly made use of an illegal firearm when it reportedly discharged, hitting one female in the chest area.

She is listed in serious but stable condition.

Police are actively investigating the matter.

This incident is one of several shootings to have occurred on Grand Bahama this year.

Earlier this week 38-year-old Patrick Jude Young, who was officially identified by authorities on Thursday (August 8), succumbed to injuries he sustained in a shooting incident on Sunday (July 7) morning.

According to reports, the victim died on Tuesday, August 6 around 9:25 a.m., at RMH. The other victim from the same shooting is still hospitalized.

Young and the second man were said to be at a business establishment on East Sunrise Highway, when a lone gunman opened fire hitting the two men.

Police and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel were called to the scene, and the men were transported to the hospital for medical assistance.

Just days prior –Thursday, July 4 – two females were left with non-life-threatening injuries, following a shooting again in the East Sunrise Highway area.

According to police, on Thursday (July 4), shortly after 2:00 a.m., police were called to the East Sunrise Highway area where it was reported that a male, armed with a firearm shot two females.

They both sustained injuries to the leg area and were transported to the RMH via private vehicle and ambulance.

On Saturday May 25, shortly after 1:00 p.m., police were called to Andros Drive, Hawksbill, where a male reported that while sitting in his vehicle, a male known to him and driving a light-colored vehicle, fired a number of gunshots at him, hitting him in the chest area.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel were called to the scene and the victim was transported to the RMH via ambulance, where he was seen by doctors. At the time he was said to be listed in serious but stable condition.

The shooting incident prior to the above mentioned occurred on Sunday, February 10 shortly after 4:00 p.m., when police were called to Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock, where it was reported that an argument erupted with a group of males who were involved in a gambling game.

A short time later a lone gunman exited a white vehicle and opened fire on the group injuring two males. Both victims were transported to the RMH via private vehicle and were seen by doctors.

One was later discharged and the other was said to be listed in stable condition. Three males, all of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock were arrested in relation to the incident.

Grand Bahama’s first shooting incident for the year took place on Tuesday, January 1 shortly before 10:00 p.m. Police responded to gunshots being heard in the Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock park area, where officers met a male with gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Further reports were that two males were involved in an altercation when one of the males shot the other to the upper body with a firearm before fleeing the scene. EMS personnel attended to the victim at the scene and he was later transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital where he was said to be listed in serious but stable condition.

Police later arrested a 20-year-old male of Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock in connection with that matter.

Police continue to appeal to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant (the tip) may seem, to anonymously call police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (8477) (New Providence), 1-242-300-8477 for the Family Islands or the Central Detective Unit at 350-3106/12.

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