Murder victim identified
The man who was riddled with bullets on Thursday night in the area of Blue Hill Road, south of St. Vincent Road, was yesterday identified by police as 30-year-old Kyle Smith.
Details surrounding the motive for the murder were sketchy up to press time yesterday, but according to preliminary reports around 9 a.m. a man approached a group of males gathered in the area and opened fire. Smith was subsequently shot several times in his abdomen and thigh.
According to police the victim, who is a resident of Golden Gates, received multiple gunshot injuries to the body.
He was still alive when officers arrived on the scene. However, Smith succumbed to his injuries shortly after he was taken to hospital by emergency medical services(EMS) personnel.
Police said the circumstances surrounding this incident were still unclear but investigations continue.
According toThe Guardianrecords, last year this same time the murder count stood at 15. According to police statistics,ten people were killed in February last year and eight in January, a total of 18 murders at the end of those first two months.
So far this year there have been three murders in February and 13 in January, bringing the murder count to 16 for the year.
Police are asking anyone who may have any knowledge of the country’s latest murder or any previous killings to contact authorities.
Meantime, police are also investigating another shooting that took place early yesterday morning.
Preliminary police reports indicate that a man was shot in his chest sometime around 12:12 a.m. near the Zanzibar Bar at King Street and Blue Hill Road.
“It is reported that the victim was standing outside the bar when the occupants of a white car fired gunshots in his direction, resulting in the victim being struck,”reported police press liaison officer Chrislyn Skippings.
“The victim was taken to hospital by EMS personnel where he is detained in stable condition.”
In other crime news, police also took two guns off the streets on Thursday night.
According to police reports, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant on a home at Cowman Lane, off Malcolm Road sometime around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, and recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana along with a handgun hidden in the yard.
As a result of the discovery, nine people were taken into custody.
Ten minutes later, officers of the Northeastern Division, acting on information, went to an abandoned building at Union Village, off Wulff Road where they recovered a shotgun with shot gun shells. No one was arrested.
Police say investigations into both firearm recoveries continue.