Security guard critically injured in shooting outside school in the Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas, Wednesday June 10, 2015 – A school in the Bahamas was placed on lock-down yesterday after a gunman wearing a school uniform opened fire on a security guard.

No students were injured but the guard at L. W. Young Junior High School in New Providence has been hospitalized in critical condition.

Police say the male security guard was on duty around aound 12:30 p.m. when a white Honda vehicle pulled up to the school gate.

A male clad in a school uniform and armed with a handgun exited the vehicle and walked up to the security booth where he fired several shots at the security officer, hitting him in the thigh and chest before speeding off in the vehicle.

The security officer was rushed to hospital in a private vehicle.

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The closed gates of the L W Young Junior High School where the shooting took place. (Photo: Tribune242)

 

In a statement issued shortly after the shooting, director of education Lionel Sands said the school was quickly placed on lock-down as senior education officials and police began investigations, and the gunman did not have access to the campus.

“The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology wishes to remind parents, students and the community that student safety is always a top priority and during today’s unfortunate incident no students were harmed,” he said.

Police are continuing investigations but have indicated they do not yet have a motive for the shooting and cannot confirm that the assailant was a student even though he wore the uniform of another school.

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