Police say political dispute led to shooting on Bimini

A dispute between opposing political party supporters resulted in a shooting on Bimini on Monday night, according to Superintendent Stephen Rolle.

He said a man had just left a political rally when the incident happened.

“While walking home, he passed in the area of some of the opposite party supporters when one of the males produced a firearm and fired a shot in his direction hitting him in the left leg,” Rolle said.

He said the incident took place near a resort in Bailey Town.

Rolle said when officers arrived on the scene, they found bloodied clothes.

“Additionally, they would have received information that the male was transported in a private vehicle to the Bimini clinic with apparent gunshot injuries to the left leg,” he said.

“Officers left and went to the clinic on inquiries and they would’ve seen a male, dark male with apparent injuries being attended to by medical professionals.

“They indicated, at the time, that he appeared to be heavily intoxicated. They made attempts to speak to him. However, he refused to give an account of what transpired at that scene. With those injuries being very serious, those doctors airlifted him to Nassau to seek proper medical attention.”

Rolle said there is no reason for the public to be concerned following the shooting.

“This is a political season and you have persons who are out on the streets and they are campaigning,” he said.

“We just want the public to exercise caution when doing so. We’re still in a pandemic and we want persons to be aware that COVID is still out there and we need to protect ourselves and refrain from any criminal activity.”

The shooting happened the same night as the Free National Movement’s rally and a Progressive Liberal Party motorcade on Bimini.

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