An American man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Bimini, police said.
Shortly after 1 a.m., the man, who was at home, was shot multiple times in his upper body, according to police.
Police reported that the victim was taken to the Bimini Clinic where he died.
In a statement, West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe said, “The death of [a] well known businessman and resident of Bimini early this morning has sent shock waves through our community. This incident is truly tragic and a rare occurrence [on] our beautiful island.”
She continued, “We are hopeful that investigations by police will result in the capture of the person or persons responsible and [they will be] brought to justice. I have spoken to the officer in charge of the Bimini District, Superintendent Rolle, who has indicated that police are actively on the ground.”
When reached for a comment, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Penny Reckhemmer told The Nassau Guardian that while the embassy has seen the reports of the murder, it is unable to “discuss the details of a specific case in order to protect the privacy of the individual”.
Asked if the embassy had any concern for increasing crimes against U.S. citizens, Reckhemmer said, “The safety and security of American citizens is always the top priory of the U.S. embassy.”
Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department said that crimes against U.S. citizens in The Bahamas have increased.
“Crime represents the country’s primary security threat,” the state department said in its 2019 Crime and Safety Report.
The report said that the most common crimes against tourists were rape, sexual assault and robbery, and said that there have been reports of taxi drivers luring visitors to crime hot spots where they were targeted by criminals.
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