The Officer in Charge of the Crime Division has confirmed that police are investigating not one shooting but two, following the island’s latest gun murder, that claimed the life of 37-year-old Jordan Outerbridge.
The young father and husband, who leaves behind a young family, sustained multiple gun shot wounds in the chest when he left “a regularly scheduled card game” at a private residence near the intersection of Ord Road and Tribe Road #2 as he walked home shortly after 10.30pm
Mr Outerbridge, who worked for LINK Bermuda, “was the first to leave the house”, when he was shot by a gunman, who jumped on the back of a waiting motorcycle.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday (April 7), Detective Superintendent Pedro confirmed that one of the riders involved in a serious motorcycle accident shortly after the fatal shooting sustained gunshot wounds to his torso.
Police received several 911 calls reporting the accident on Middle Road in Warwick, after two motorcycles collided head-on, near the junction with Belmont Hills Drive – in the vicinity of the Belmont Hills golf course.
“Initial information indicates that one of the male motorcyclists involved is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, while the other male motorcyclist received treatment at the hospital for less serious injuries,” said Mr Pedro.
“On arrival at the hospital, one of the riders a 44-year-old male was found to have suffered gunshot wounds to his torso.”
Police say the gunman was wearing “a blue coloured jacket with a hood, his accomplice wore black clothing, and both were on a dark coloured ‘CLICK’ motorcycle”.
Mr Pedro noted that police have opened a Major Incident Room, staffed by Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit, who are also investigating the possibility that motorcyclist who was also shot, may be linked to the fatal shooting.
But he said: “It is still early in both investigations and the potential link between the two incidents has not been confirmed at this time.
“We are examining the possibility that the injuries sustained by one of the riders may – may, I stress that – be linked to the shooting that occurred not too far away.
“We haven’t ruled that out. It’s part of the lines of inquiry, so we are also interested in speaking to anyone who may have information in regards to that.
“There are a few hypotheses in play and we are working with the evidence.”
He also dispelled reports on social media that “suggested that one of the individuals shown in the image being circulated is the murder victim, Mr Outerbridge”.
“This is simply not true,” Mr Pedro stated.
Asked if this latest shooting may be a case of mistaken identity, he said: “We are looking at all possibilities and with the information that has been obtained by the investigating team.
He also noted that police have concerns about potential retaliation attacks in the wake of the fatal shooting. The possibility that it was gang related has not been ruled out.
“We are working with the friends and acquaintances of Mr Outerbridge to try and quell that,” he said.
“Obviously with anything like this, tempers and emotions get really high and that is always a concern.”
High-visibility patrols have been set up with officers going door-to-door in the community to collect ease tensions and gather information. And a family liaison officer has been assigned to the victim’s family.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Renée Ming appealed to members of the community to do their part by providing information that may assist police with the investigation.
“The family, loved ones and friends of the victim are foremost on our minds today as we process another shooting incident that has taken the life of another man,” she said.
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to each of them.
“As we grapple with this tragic event, I am urging anyone with any information to please contact the police.
“At the end of the day we are in this together, and we need to work together.”
Anyone with any information on this incident, or the motorcycle accident, is urged to call the main police number, 295-0011 or, the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.
- Top Feature Photo Courtesy of BPS: Jordan Outerbridge is shown in a family photograph. The children’s faces have been deliberately obscured to protect their identities