Devonshire Recreation Club President Mark Steede expressed pure outrage in the aftermath of a shooting incident that landed two young people in hospital with non-life threatening injuries on Thursday (Mar 10).
In a statement released the day after the shooting, Mr Steede said: “There are not enough words to describe how I truly feel regarding what happened…at our club.
“I am angry, disgusted, shocked, but most of all hurt by the irresponsible actions that could have cost innocent people their lives.
“This determination to kill and harm others has been going on for too long and it needs to stop.”
“On behalf of the Devonshire Recreational Club, Inc I extend my warmest wishes to the two people who were injured. We wish you a speedy recovery.”
Bermuda Real understands that the woman who shut sustained a gunshot wound to the buttocks. The young man injured was nicked on the ear.
The club President also noted that the patron’s who were there when the incident occurred “were doing nothing wrong besides enjoying themselves after work, and having their peace disturbed like this is appalling”.
“The Executive here at the Devonshire Recreation Club, Inc, and many club officials before us, have worked tirelessly to create an environment that is welcoming for all of Bermuda,” said Mr Steede.
“We do not care where you are from, as long as you treat our club and premises with respect, we are happy to have you join us.
“This club is more than just sports. We care about our community. We pour into the youth. We provide a safe and nurturing space for the entire family. For someone to carelessly disrupt our efforts is selfish and thoughtless,” he added.
“But rest assured, your actions will not stop us from continuing with our commitment to strengthen the great legacy this club has built over the years. We are hurting but we will not stop our work. We have many more goals to accomplish.”
His comments were echoed by the Minister of National Security, Renée Ming, who condemned the shooting the “left two young people injured”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time,” said Ms Ming.
“I call upon members of our community who were in the area when this attack was carried out to contact the police.
“As the investigation gets underway, I strongly urge those who may have seen what happened not to turn a blind eye and to tell the authorities what they know.
“If you know something, please say something; it could be your family or friend who needs assistance.”
The Minister also issued another public reminder “that they can assist anonymously on the confidential Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-8477 or dialling 211, or the main police number on 295 0011”.