Twenty-two days after the islands fourth murder for the year was reported, police are now investigating the island’s fifth homicide that claimed the life of a teenage male.
The victim identified by relatives as Khalid Cox Jr., who was discovered with gunshot wounds at an apartment complex on Amberjack Street, succumbed at the scene.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Clarence Reckley, spoke with media personnel at the fatal scene Sunday (April 23) evening.
“Shortly after 11:00 p.m. the police control room received phone calls, in reference to gun-shots being fired within this immediate area. As a result, several units were dispatched.
“Officers, in the first unit that arrived to the scene, reported finding a male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. As a result Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel were called in and pronounced the victim dead.
“This matter is still under active investigation; we are very early in our investigations and we are asking anyone who would have been in this area, around 11:00 p.m., who might have seen or heard something, to please work with us, give us a call so that we can bring closure to this matter.”
Questioned if the police knew the victim, Reckley shared that he was unable to confirm whether or not he was at the time. However, he reiterated that the police are in their initial stages of their investigations on the matter, but as they progress they will be able to share more information.
Reckley appealed to the public to exercise conflict resolution when confronted with differences. “We always ask for people to find other means of solving their differences rather than violence; however, we are unable to say at this stage what the motive was for this incident here tonight.
“Again, we appeal to the public at large to try and resolve differences, whatever they might be. If intervention is needed, we ask that you try to settle these differences in any other way, rather than resorting to violence,” stated Reckley.
RBPF have since confirmed that two males are in police custody, in connection with this latest homicide.
On April 1, the island’s fourth murder was reported. Theresa Jessica Thompson-George, a former police officer was fatally shot outside a business establishment on Oak Street.
The 24-year-old was in the parking lot of Club Midnight, along with another female when the perpetrators approached the duo and opened fire, fatally shooting Thompson-George.
The third murder victim for the year, 49-year-old Margaret Smith of Sea Grape, was stabbed about the body at her home, on the afternoon of February 15.
She was transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital, (RMH), where she succumbed to the injuries sustained.
On February 1, two young males lost their lives outside Gametime Sports Lounge. Joseph Bain, 27, of Weddell Avenue and Stephon LaFrance, 25, of Hunters were fatally shot outside the establishment shortly after 1:00 a.m.
In other crime news, police confirmed the arrest of a male, after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and dangerous drugs over the weekend.
Reports are that on Sunday, April 23, 2017 shortly after 11:00 p.m., police arrested a male at his residence in the Garden Villas area, after he was found in possession of a .45 pistol with 12 live rounds of ammunition and a quantity of suspected marijuana.
The male is expected to be arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court sometime this week.