It was just a matter of time before pictures and messages of condolences began circulating on the local social media last night, after Bermuda recorded a ninth gun murder, just weeks before the year ends.

Police say the fatal shooting occurred in the Ord Road area commonly referred to as ‘Back Bush’ and Tribe Road No 5, in Paget, shortly after 10pm last night (Dec 7). (More In Subsequent Reports).

A full investigation was launched shortly after midnight when the victim, later died of his injuries. And a news conference got underway at 4pm this afternoon on Bermuda’s 9th murder to date.

Area residents called police to report hearing gunshots shortly after 10pm last night. When officers arrived, they found the man lying in the street with gunshot wounds, reportedly to the abdomen and chest.

He was rushed to the hospital’s Emergency Department, where he was pronounced dead.

Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford was unable to say whether or not the shooting occurred inside the nearby property or out on the street.

But he did say the alarm was raised when the victim was seen outside the property in question.

“At this moment in time we’re still piecing together what happened but the call was to a male in the street and that’s what police responded to,” he said.

He also urged possible witnesses to the fatal shooting to contact police.

“There’s very little information coming through and that’s the appeal now for anyone in the area who’s seen something, heard something, heard the gunshots, heard things happen, to please get in touch with us,” said Mr Stableford.

“We’re appealing now for anyone who is in this area around Tribe Road No 5 in Paget to check their cameras, check their CCTV cameras. We know that there are a number of CCTV camera on the buildings here.

““At the moment we have very limited details, very limited information. I can’t give any details of the persons involved until we’ve contacted the family members. It’s the early stages of the investigation.

“We know that these people have staged somewhere,” he added.

“They’ve come from somewhere, they’ve come here, they’ve committed a murder and they’ve left from here.

“We know that when they do that – they’ve staged somewhere – and they return there, and that’s what we need help in finding out while it’s still fresh in people’s minds.”

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident, is asked to contact Chief Inspector Peter Stableford on 717 2286 or e-mail pstableford@bps.bm, Calls can also be made to the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800 8477.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Michael Weeks said: “First and foremost, my reflections are on the family of the victim. I will be meeting with the family today, and our ministry team will be providing them with support as they deal with their loss.

“No one deserves to lose their life through such circumstances. I urge those who may have information about this incident to step up and assist the Police with their investigation.”

Shadow Minister of National Security, Michael Dunkley, echoed the Minister’s remarks, saying: “It saddens me to learn that the island has experienced another senseless murder this morning. When does this stop?

“Offering condolences is no longer enough. Our community must rally together to eliminate this lawlessness which raises its head in Bermuda too often.

“A family is now in immeasurable pain, and with the holidays around the corner, their grief is compounded. While remaining tight-lipped and saying nothing to the Police seems to be a norm, it’s time for Bermuda to speak up. Let’s bring these perpetrators to justice.”

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