Man in critical condition following shooting
Bullet holes line the exterior walls of an apartment building through Augusta Street where a 27-year-old man, now in critical condition in hospital, was gunned down only a few yards from a busy bar and liquor store yesterday. The man was shot multiple times about the body.
Only a few minutes following that shooting police received information that three men suspected of being involved in the incident were seen in the area of Strachan Corner.
According to police reports, when officers approached the men they fled and officers gave chase.
“Officers followed the suspects into the Fritz Lane area,”said the police report.
“It was at this point that one of the males reportedly turned in the officers’direction and pointed a hand gun at them.”
According to officer in charge of the mobile division Ken Strachan, police were forced to shoot the man in the thigh after he attempted to shoot at them.
“The officers engaged and pursued that individual who ended up through Fritz Lane from Strachan Corner,”said Strachan.”The individual attempted to fire on police. In return officers returned fire and he was subsequently shot to the lower extremities.”
The man was transported by emergency medical personnel to the Princes Margaret Hospital, where he is detained in police custody.
“His condition is listed as not life threatening,”police reports revealed.
The early morning melee that began some time around nine o’clock yesterday, ended with a victim fighting for his life and a 19-year-old resident of Finlayson Street in hospital and under investigation for the Augusta Street shooting and possession of a firearm, according to police.
“It is expected that the suspect will face criminal charges in connection with these and other offenses,”said police.”Officers were able to retrieve a hand gun with ammunition from the suspect’s person.”
According to their reports, they also retrieved a high-powered assault rifle from the scene at Strachan Corner.
“A weapon which later turned out to be a high-powered weapon dropped from one of the fleeing suspects,”said police reports.”Officers retrieved this weapon which had ammunition.”
According to police reports, the suspects were driving a blue 1995 Nissan Pathfinder sports utility vehicle(SUV)that had been reported stolen from a parking lot on Cable Beach earlier this month.
Officers revealed that a blue SUV was seen leaving the scene of the shooting on Augusta Street. The vehicle, with registration number 113888, was transported to a police impound facility.
According to police, no officers were hurt and no police vehicles were damaged during the incident.
Police commended the residents of Augusta Street, Strachan Corner and Fritz Lane for their cooperation and assistance in their investigations.
“The commissioner of police wishes to thank the members of the public for their assistance and takes this opportunity to renew the commitment of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to making The Bahamas a safer place to live, work, visit and play,”said a police statement.