The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) has confirmed a recent string of gun incidents in the Court Street and Angle Street area that occurred within 72 hours this week.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith said the most recent incident happened around 5:45pm on Wednesday near Bulldogs Bar on Court Street.
“Two men on a motorcycle approached the Bulldogs Bar and the pillion passenger was seen to enter Bulldogs, brandishing what appeared to be a firearm,” he said.
That was followed by another incident near Ambiance Nightclub on Angle Street at about 3.45am last Saturday, when a man was seen to point what appeared to be a gun at a group of men in a car park.
“Fortunately, the gun did not discharge,” he added.
CCTV footage of that incident was also released.
“We want to hear from those persons. They might be able to shed some further light,” said Mr Smith.
“The Bermuda Police Service is also aware that there appears to be feuding among groups of men that has resulted in these retaliatory and revengeful firearms incidents.
“The BPS is appealing to these men for calm and encourage them to desist from this threatening and intimidating behaviour.
“Innocent lives are at risk and this type of behaviour threatens the civility of the general public,” he added.
The senior officer noted that the police do not want to label the groups of men involved as gangs “at this stage”.
“The investigation is developing. The information that is being received is also being developed and further analysed,” said Mr Smith.
Three other gun incidents had taken place in the area over the past few months — on September 14, October 22 and December 22.
A 32-year-old man was injured after a gunman opened fire at a group of people outside the Spinning Wheel bar on Court Street last month.
The victim was still in hospital overseas.
“His injuries are not deemed to be life threatening, however they are life altering,” he added.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Four men were arrested after multiple shots were fired outside the Spinning Wheel in September.
No one was injured in the attack. No charges have been laid to date.
Mr Smith also noted that police believed the three firearms incidents in September, October and December were linked.
“Investigators are aware that there is CCTV footage circulating showing the shooter in these three incidents and investigators are appealing to the public who can recognise the shooter in the footage they have reviewed to make contact with police.”
Any information provided will be treated “in the strictest of confidence”.
“We have ways of protecting their identity, but we need to hear from you,” Mr Smith said.
“That is the most important message that we can give.
“It takes us working together to help solve the problems that we are dealing with.”
• Anyone with information that could help the police inquiries should contact 717-2345 or 717-0864 or use the confidential and anonymous Crime Stoppers line at 800-8477