Area residents reported gunshots last night and police launched a new gun murder investigation today, after the body of a young man was found in the Friswells Hill area of Pembroke.

Now they are appealing to anyone who heard those shots last night, or this morning, to come forward to assist with this latest investigation.

Speaking to the media just after 3pm, Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith, said officers initially attended and conducted a search, but found no evidence.

But he said: “A young man who has been found dead – we are treating it as a murder investigation.”

Police are also appealing for anyone who saw “suspicious activity, whether motorcycles or persons congregating”, to get in touch.

“We are appealing for you to contact us so we can advance this investigation.”

“Approximately 1pm this afternoon, the Bermuda Police Service received several 911 calls reporting the discovery of a male body in the area on Friswell’s Hill behind me, down through a residential lane.,”he said.

“Police officers attended the location where they confirmed the discovery, and as a result of that, we have now launched a murder investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the male’s body. 

“We do believe, based upon our inquiries conducted so far, that area residents, in particular last night, might have heard gunshots in this particular area.

“We are specifically appealing today to the members of our community and those that live in this neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods that if you heard any gunshots last night…early hours of this morning, or if you have seen any suspicious activity, whether they’re motorcycles or persons congregating, we are appealing today and asking that you make contact with us so that we can advance this investigation.”

No further details were released at this early stage of the investigation.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Security Michael Weeks reiterated to the public that “any information you might have, no matter how small in detail, please pass it on to police”.

He also extended condolences “on behalf of myself, my family, and the Government for another senseless loss of life”.

“If you know something, say something and help police get to the bottom of this as soon as possible,”he added.

Anyone with information, or possible details should contact the police emergency number, 911; the non-emergency line, 211; the general police number, 295 0011, or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477, or speak with a police officer you know.