A man who survived a shooting in August was murdered shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday in a double shooting at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in Fox Hill, police said.
A woman, who was with the man when assailants opened fire, was also shot and killed, according to police.
The man was identified as Neil Deveaux, 33, of Bernard Road, by his father, George Deveaux.
Police said the man and woman were entering the property heading to a physical therapy session when two men emerged from a black SUV, approached their white car and opened fire.
Deveaux ran from the vehicle and was chased by the assailants, who once again opened fire on him.
While the identity of the woman, who was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of the car, was unknown, police said Deveaux was known to them.
“We don’t suspect that this incident had anything to do with the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre,” said Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash.
“We believe that this was an isolated incident. The male victim, as we know, is known to us, and was the subject of a shooting incident sometime in August of this year.”
Police suspect that the assailants were waiting for Deveaux and believe the matter to be gang related.
“We suspect that based on the profile of the victim that it could be some sort of retaliation against the male victim,” Cash noted.
He added that police were beefing up patrols in the area following the incident.
“We know that based on what we are working with is that the victim is connected to the Fox Hill area and we will be looking at that particular area and looking at the associates of the victim and also those persons that came to our attention who may be possible persons of interest for perpetrating this crime,” Cash said.
As news of the shooting spread, Deveaux’s family and friends gathered at the scene.
Some of them were inconsolable as officers conducted their investigation with Deveaux’s body covered with a white sheet on the facility’s lawn.
Deveaux’s father did not want to comment on the matter. He simply said his son was just “a human being”.
Police made their usual appeal to members of the public to contact 911 or 919 if they have any information on the crime. No one was in custody in relation to the matter.
The latest incident took the country’s murder count to 80 for the year.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications