A security guard was murdered at a wholesale liquor store on John F. Kennedy Drive yesterday morning during an armed robbery, police said.
Police said shortly after midnight, three security guards, who were on duty at the liquor store, were approached by several armed men who robbed them of personal items, shot one of them and escaped.
One of the security guards died at the scene, police said.
Police said the remaining two security guards were unharmed.
Police identified the victim as Alfred Kemp, 37.
Commonwealth Brewery Limited released a statement offering condolences to the family of the victim.
“Early this morning, one of our security team members lost his life during an incident at our JFK warehouse location,” the statement read.
“The matter is currently being investigated by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family during this difficult time.
“We wish to advise our valued customers that due to this unfortunate occurrence our JFK warehouse will be closed to the public until Wednesday.”
Ricardo Bullard, manager of Security Masters, said the victim worked for the company.
He said the government should allow security guards to bear arms.
“It’s high time in this country [that] security guards should be licensed to carry firearms on the job, like how they [are] in Turks,” Bullard said.
“…These guys are doing a good job.”
He added that the company has spoken to the family and offered their condolences.
Bullard said the company is offering grief counseling to staff.
This incident pushed the murder count to 37 for the year.