A man was shot dead yesterday morning near the junction of Mackey Street and Wilton Street, according to police.
Shortly before 11 a.m., police said they responded to reported gunshots and met the lifeless body of a male in the street.
Police said eyewitnesses reported that, as the victim was leaving a local establishment, he was approached by a lone gunman who shot him multiple times.
Police said emergency medical technicians pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Richard Johnson, who claimed he’s affiliated with a nearby food establishment, said he pulled up just minutes after the incident took place.
“I was actually about two minutes away, actually coming through the corner,” Johnson said.
“I saw the body lying on the ground and by that time police were actually on the scene.”
Asked about reports of the area being unsafe, he said, “I wish to dispel that rumor; this area is very open to the public. It’s a high-traffic area, [and] this is the first time that I’ve ever even seen or heard something like this happening in this area.”
He said the establishment had been robbed about a year ago, but since then there had been no other incidents until now.
This incident raises the murder count for the year to 16, according to The Nassau Guardian’s records.
The count around this time last year was 24.
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