Three men were murdered in a 24-hour period after two men were shot and killed yesterday, and another man was shot dead on Monday night, according to authorities.
Six people have been shot dead on New Providence since Saturday.
A man was shot dead on Step Street, Fox Hill, around 10 p.m. on Monday, authorities reported. The victim was walking along the street when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up alongside him.
The unidentified man was speaking to the occupants of the vehicle when one of the men shot him. He died on the scene.
A security guard at A.F. Adderley Junior High School was shot and killed around 4 a.m. yesterday.
According to reports, the gunmen walked onto the school compound, approached the employee, who was sitting in his vehicle, and began arguing with him.
One of the men then reportedly shot the guard. Responding paramedics treated the man, but he died on scene.
Authorities reported around 6 p.m. yesterday that two men were shot on Cox Street, Fox Hill. One of the men died on scene. The other was in hospital.
The details on the incident were limited.
During a press conference at Police Headquarters ahead of the latest murder, Acting Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour said police were following good leads in the A.F. Adderley and the Step Street matters.
He said police were also following significant leads into the three murders over the weekend.
The acting commissioner said these incidents were not connected.
Around 10 a.m. on Saturday two men were shot at a barber shop on Jerome Avenue, off Pyfrom Road. One died on the scene, while the other died in hospital.
The men were identified as Delano Cartwright, 18, and Malik Cartwright, 19, of Griffin Road, off Jerome Avenue.
Authorities said yesterday the double murder was gang retaliation.
Around 10 p.m. on Saturday, a man was shot and killed at his home off Cowpen Road. He was identified as Wilton Alexander Brown, 48, a taxi driver.
Brown arrived at his Hollywood Subdivision home with his children when a vehicle pulled up behind them.
A gunman exited the vehicle and demanded cash from Brown, according to authorities. After the robber searched Brown’s pockets, he shot him before fleeing.
Authorities were yesterday searching for nearly nine men in connection with several recent murders, an attempted murder and several armed robberies.
The latest incidents pushed the murder count for 2018 to 48, according to police. This time last year there were 69 murders.
Seymour said authorities will adjust their operation strategies in response to the spate of killings. He said while even one murder is one too many, the public should expect to see a continued downward trend in crime.