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Man murdered in The Grove

A man who was standing in front of a barbershop off Robinson Road was shot and killed on Monday night, police said.

The victim, along with several other men, was standing in front of the building on Fourth Street, The Grove around 10 p.m. when a white Nissan March pulled up. Police said a man exited the car and fired multiple shots at the group, hitting the victim.

Superintendent Anton Rahming, the officer-in-charge of homicides, said the victim died at the scene.

“We are appealing to all persons who may have been in this area around the time of this incident to call into 919,” he said.

This latest incident pushed the country’s murder count to 34.

Bradley Forbes, who lives near the scene, said he thought the gunshots were firecrackers.

“I was in my bed,” he said. “When I heard the noise, I originally thought it was firecrackers, but as time went on a good friend of mine from next door, he came and told me what happened. He said there was gunshots and he found out later that a guy got shot. Apparently it happened two doors from me.

“This is the first time I heard them in this area.”

A local mechanic in the area, who did not wish to be identified, said he was in his shop when he heard the gunshots.

“When I listened, I heard these things going off like firecrackers,” he said. “But when I listened again I heard something go off like dynamite. So, we started to get worried and wondered what was going on. When one of my friends looked out of the window he said, ‘It looks serious out there’.

“When we went out there and we talked to the police, the police said it was an AK47 shooting around here. When we looked, we saw one of the guys lying on the floor. When I looked inside, all I saw was blood. I said, ‘Wow. That’s strange. These kinds of things don’t take place like that through this corner’.

“I said, ‘Things making a big change in life. Things aren’t like they were when I was growing up’.”

But despite the violence, he said he still feels safe.

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