Police today confirmed the arrest of a 17-year-old teenager in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in broad daylight in Devonshire on Monday.
Superintendent Nicholas Pedro said the suspect, a 17-year-old boy, who is known to police, was arrested on Court Street, in Hamilton on Wednesday night.
At last check he was still in police custody being questioned by detectives.
Meanwhile, the victim, remains in hospital after he was shot several times near a bus stop on North Shore Road, between the junctions with Dock Hill and The Glebe Road around 2.30pm on Monday.
Reports indicate that he was hit in both arms and both legs after two men on a motorcycle drove up and opened fire.
The North Shore shooting was one of four gun incidents that took place in the space of 24 hours.
Police would neither confirm or deny what type of gun was used or whether or not it was a semi-automatic weapon, as indicated by reports reaching Bermuda Real.
The victim was rushed to the hospital’s Emergency Department by a man on a motorcycle, who rode the cycle right through the hospital’s automatic doors into the hospital.
A local resident, who just happened to be standing just inside the entrance said: “They guy rode up and parked the bike right next to me.
“He jumped off, saying ‘he’s been shot’ and the guy who was shot was just sitting there on the bike screaming.
“Some nurses came with a wheel chair and rushed him inside and I just stood there – stunned!”
Meanwhile, police are “actively pursuing” two incidents that occurred in the Khyber Heights Road area of Warwick on Monday night, in addition to another incident that occurred earlier in the day in the Morgan’s Road area.
“I think it would be naive to suggest that it’s not gang related,” said Mr Pedro.
“What you typically see … is that these types of incidents are sparked off by sometimes an innocuous incident that results in a retaliatory act.
“One of the things we try to do is break that cycle.
“I think it’s really important to emphasise that there are a number of handguns that are out there at the moment that are responsible for these crimes.
“We’re still actively seeking those and the people that may have them,” he added.
“We ask that you understand that officers will be actively targeting those we believe to be responsible, and at times there may be some inconvenience to members of the law-abiding public.”
While information already provided by the public has been “immensely helpful”, he said: “We still need a push from people to bring these offenders to justice.”
Anyone with information or witnesses is urged to contact police on 717-0773 or the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.