Man shot dead near church
Shots rang out in an Over-the-Hill community Tuesday night, but it was not until daybreak that police discovered the bullet-riddled body of a man near a church on Laird Street.
The victim, identified by family members as Lamar Ferguson, 27, was found around 6 a.m., police said.
He was shot multiple times with a high-powered weapon, according to police.
Ferguson became the 80th murder victim in The Bahamas for 2011.
Police believe the murder is connected to another shooting that occurred in the area Tuesday night.
Superintendent Stephen Dean said several men were sitting on Wellington Street and Blue Hill Road when the occupants of a dark colored vehicle pulled up on them and fired gunshots.
“As a result, we know that one person sustained injury to the body and was taken to the hospital,” Dean said.
That victim is a 20-year-old man who was in stable condition, police said.
“Later throughout the night there were reports of gunshots throughout the area,” Dean said.
“Police responded to most of the calls and were not able to discover anything.”
After Ferguson’s body was found, Dean expressed concern over the use of high-powered weapons in many recent crimes.
“Police are concerned about what is happening in these communities because we see the proliferation of high-powered weapons,” Dean said.
“…[Many] young children are passing here. Anyone could be injured at any time by gunshots.”
He appealed to members of the public who have information on people who have illegal weapons to contact authorities.
“We need your assistance without delay before there is another murder that occurs in the area,” Dean added.
Ferguson is survived by two young daughters.
His neighbor, Carol Roberts, said she has never seen such violence in her neighborhood.
“To know that someone lived here and got killed in that manner is sad,” Roberts said.
Ferguson’s Facebook page was flooded with condolences yesterday.
Police are appealing to members of the public who may have information that can lead to the arrest of these suspects to contact police at 911, 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.