A senior police detective today confirmed that Bermuda’s 9th murder victim was targeted in a gang-related gun murder last night (Dec 6), that was planned and directly linked to an Ord Road Crew in Paget.
Speaking at a news conference today, police identified the young murder victim this year, as 20-year-old Keni Outerbridge, also known as Loppi to his friends.
The victim was at a party with friends at a property on No 5 Tribe Road on Ord Road in Paget, before he was gunned down by two suspects, who walked up to him on foot and left the same way.
Police confirmed today that he sustained multiple gunshot wounds, when he was found lying in the street and later pronounced dead at the hospital’s Emergency Department.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford said the killing was gang-related and directly linked to an Ord Road crew, based on the geographical location of the fatal shooting alone.
Police received several calls reporting gunshots in the area, when the fatal shooting occurred.
“These persons had to stage up somewhere, as it appears to have been a planned attack similar to other gang shootings,” said Mr Stableford.
Responding to questions by TNN, he said: “We know that in these shootings that these same weapons are repeatedly used for multiple murders.
Asked by TNN if it was still early to tell which gangs were involved in this latest shooting, he replied: “The geography would give you an indication.
“That’s all part of a strategy that we actually look at in relation to the forensics from any investigation. But the important thing here is that we know Loopi was with friends last night.
“We know he was out with people, and we need them to tell us what happened because they were there. So, that’s the message I really need them to know,” he added.
“This is Ord Road, so you’re talking about an Ord Road crew as one of the affiliations that it looks like. But the dynamics of the gangs, and we’ve seen that repeatedly, is constantly influx and constantly in movement.
“So, we never blinker ourselves to say one particular thing. But, you’re looking at the geography of the location – you’re talking about Ord Road.
“We need people he was with last night to tell us what they know and saw,” he added.
“We believe two suspects came over Tribe Road No 5 from South Road on foot and left that same way. But we have no descriptions or confirmation that a vehicle was involved at this time.
“The appeal today is for anyone who was with Lopey yesterday, or who has information that would help, to get in touch with the investigation team led by Acting Detective Sergeant Odessa Philip on 717-2173.
“Alternatively, there is the confidential Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-8477, 211, or just tell a police officer you know.
“Anyone with dash camera please check your footage from 10pm last night – 10:30pm. That goes with video doorbells and CCTV systems.
The senior officer also noted that police are now looking for two suspects, who travelled to the crime scene on foot from South Road.
But they have no firm descriptions of the gunmen.
“A family liaison officer has been appointed to support the family and the investigation at this very difficult time,” he said.
“We believe two suspects came over Tribe Road No 5 from South Road on foot and left the same way but we have no descriptions or confirmation a vehicle was used at this time.
“Anyone who was with Loppi yesterday or has information that would help, to get in touch with the investigation team.
“Anyone with a dash camera, please check your footage from around 10pm to 10.30pm last night. That goes for video door bells and home CCTV systems – these persons had to ‘stage up’ somewhere as it appears to have been a planned attack similar to other gang shootings.
“We do have early indications from CCTV that leads us to the conclusion that two persons were on foot and came across from the South Road side.
“We’ve already had help and assistance and support which is tremendous because it helps us focus and move the investigation down the right avenues. We’ve had a helpful response and people in the community are reaching out to us.
“What we do know from the scene last night was that there were people who were with Loppi last night who will talk to us. We need their help to tell us what they saw and what happened. But part of the community are coming forward.
“We know that these people have come from somewhere and gone back somewhere. That could be anywhere across the island.”
To date, he said police were currently still investigating a total of 32 murders and 129 attempted murders.
“We are still actively working on investigations going back ten years,” said Mr Stableford.
“We’ve got trials coming up next month from several years ago. We are always looking and reviewing to see where we’re at, we’re always engaging with people because situations change.
“Can I, hand on heart say I’m going to make sure this is … no I can’t because we’ve got unsolved cases and that’s the reality of what we’re dealing with and the point is we’re only part of the solution.
“The other part is the witnesses and the people that were there that give us the information that helps us solve these things and bring peace to the families.”
Again, anyone with information that may assist with this latest investigation, is urged to call Acting Detective Sergeant Odessa Philip on 717-2193, the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800 8477, or 211.
A Family Liasion Officer has also been appointed to assist the family and the investigation at this very difficult time.