Shootout with police in street after murder

Detectives are looking for a gunman who fatally shot a man before he got into a shootout with a policeman Tuesday afternoon.

Superintendent Shanta Knowles said the murder victim is “known to police”.

The man, whose identity has been withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, was standing on Hampton Street shortly before 1 p.m. when the killer arrived in a black Japanese car.

Knowles said that a man brandishing a “high-powered weapon” emerged from the car and shot the other man, fatally wounding him.

As the gunman was getting back into the car, a police officer who heard the shots came into the street, Knowles said.

She added, “The gunman confronted the officer and there was an exchange of gunshots. The man was able to get back into the vehicle and they were able to make good their escape.”

The officer was not injured during the exchange of gunfire. However, Knowles was unable to say whether the gunman was hurt.

A short time later, police found the getaway car abandoned at Carib Road.

Knowles could not say whether the car had been reported stolen, or if police had identified a suspect.

She appealed to anyone with information to call the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991/2 or Crime Stoppers at 328-8477.

A witness told The Nassau Guardian that the murder “was like a movie”.

The 60-year-old man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was taking a shortcut through Hampton Street when the killers’ Toyota Passo pulled in front of his van.

The witness said that a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and two others, armed with 9mm pistols, got of the car and opened fire on the man.

The witness recalled, “He was on the ground and they just continued lighting him up.”

Afraid for his life, the witness said he abandoned his van.

“I ran for my life. I jumped over a fence and upon going over the fence I landed on my shoulder…and messed up my leg and hand,” he said.

The man said the gunman shot through the windshield of his van, striking the area “where my head was”.

This caused the witness’ passengers to run for cover as well.

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