Bahamas shooting spree results in two dead, three injured

NASSAU, Bahamas, Tuesday May 21, 2013 – Police say they are questioning five people after two men were shot and killed and three others hospitalised in serious condition, on Monday.

The police said that a 40-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth were shot and killed by unidentified men who left the scene in a stolen vehicle.

The names of the men killed were not disclosed and the police said that following the killings, three other men were shot and wounded.

“Preliminary reports indicate that the victims were sitting outside a business establishment on Mt. Pleasant Avenue along with others, when they were approached and subsequently shot multiple times by a group of males” who fled the area in the same stolen vehicle, the police said in a statement.

The police said the men, ages 56, 37 and 27 years remain in serious condition at hospital.

The authorities said they later engaged the occupants of the vehicle in a shootout and that an 18 year-old male had been shot and injured and a high powered weapon confiscated.

They said acting on information, they went to a house in the capital, “where they arrested the suspects and confiscated a handgun”.

Last week, the United States issued a warning to its nationals to The Bahamas to be wary of the crime situation in the country after a U S citizen was shot and killed during an armed robbery.

The US Embassy here said that so far 40 people had been murdered here since the start of the year and that US citizens “residing in and travelling to The Bahamas, to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime”. 

It said that “armed robbery remains a major threat facing US citizens in The Bahamas” and that since the start of the year “a number of US citizens have fallen victim to armed robbery with some having been seriously injured in the commission of these crimes”.

It said the local police have warned of the increased number of armed robberies in the capital, quoting the police as indicating that for January 1 to April 15 “there have been 328 armed robberies, 111 robberies, and 660 house break-ins. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)