COP: Recent murders not gang related

The recent uptick in murders in New Providence is not gang related, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said yesterday.

“These murders are not gang violence,” Ferguson said.

“These are incidents where you find persons who have…conflict that cannot be resolved and not in a gang related issue. They’re really isolated.”

The murder count for The Bahamas for the year so far is 90. The count last year this time was 121.

Police said there was a triple shooting on Malcolm Road, off East Street, shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday.

The incident left one man dead and two injured, according to police.

A man and woman were also shot and killed in front of a home on New Hope Drive, off Joan’s Heights, on Tuesday night, police reported.

There have been 11 murders in Grand Bahama and New Providence for the month, according to Guardian records.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis declared Bahamians were no longer fearful of crime.

Some residents have disagreed with that notion.

But Ferguson insisted that the public had no reason to worry.

“I know The Bahamas is relatively safe,” he said.

“I’m a well-travelled person and [for] those of us who are well travelled and recognize what goes on around the world, The Bahamas is relatively a safe place to be.

“The issue of whether there is a fear of any crime is a real issue and there are things that we will continue to work on. There are things that the citizens also have to work at.”

On Wednesday, Ferguson warned Bahamians to have fun this holiday season but be careful of the company they keep.

“I want the Bahamian public not to be fearful,” he told reporters outside police headquarters.

He added: “I want to say to people that one has to be very careful of the company that you are in. I shall not go any further into that. Y’all are intelligent people.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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