It was not the first shooting on Court Street just a few blocks away from the Hamilton Police Station and unfortunately it won’t be the last either but the Bermuda Police Service “is taking robust steps to step up policing” following the latest shooting incident.
Only this time there is a $5,000 reward being offered to anyone with information that will lead to the recovery of a firearm through the Crime Stoppers hotline on 800 8477.
Serious Crime Unit Detective Sergeant Jason Smith said that the police armed response teams were on call.
Speaking at a news conference held at the scene of Monday night’s shooting where multiple shots were fired, he also confirmed that the 26-year-old victim sustained a gunshot wound to his leg was treated at the hospital and later released.
Police are now examining CCTV footage to track down the two men responsible for the shooting, which occurred outside Bulldog’s Sports Lounge at the junction of Elliott and Court Streets just before 9pm as the appeal for witnesses continues.
In the wake of this latest shooting incident, Mr Smith said police will step up patrols in the area as detectives try to track down the men responsible, who rode onto to Elliot Street from Princess Street on a motorcycle and fired off multiple gunshots.
They left the scene via the same route, wearing dark coloured clothing, masks and gloves and travelling on a dark coloured motorcycle.
Detective Smith also stated that “a voice message saying that someone was killed” was “not true”.
While noting that there were several people in the area at the time of the incident, including children who were “put in harm’s way by the unscrupulous actions of these two men”, he also appealed to those people to assist police with this investigation.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Renée Ming said this latest incident was “regrettable” and “disturbing”, particularly during the Christmas season.
“Regrettably our holiday was marred by a firearms incident,” said the Minister.
“Thankfully the injuries weren’t life threatening. However it is still extremely concerning that the peace of the holiday was disturbed in this way.
“I have been updated about the matter by the Bermuda Police Service, and last evening (Monday) on behalf of the Gang Violence Reduction Team (GVRT), Pastor Leroy Bean visited the hospital to check on the victim and his family,” she added.
“Of course, as a community we must do what we can to stamp out all forms of violence and antisocial behaviour, so I encourage anyone who has any information about this incident to please share what you know with the police.”
Anyone with information that could help the inquiry should contact 211 or the main police number at 295 0011.