Just over a year after the murder of 33-year-old Paul Johnson, who was gunned down in cold blood outside of his home, police renewed the appeal for anyone; who has not come forward to assist in the ongoing investigation, to do so.
Johnson’s murder remains the subject of an ongoing active investigation, that was initially headed up by Detective Sergeant Jason Smith of the Serious Crime Unit.
The appeal went out on Monday (December 16) for assistance in the investigation into the victim’s death.
His murder was committed on December 10, 2018.
Police say he was shot outside of his residence on Rambling Lane in Pembroke around 3am by a lone gunman, who waited outside the victim’s home and shot him several times before leaving the area.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the victim lying on the ground. Despite administering CPR and other lifesaving measures, he was subsequently pronounced dead at 3:33am at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
Detectives who tracked his movements say the victim had attended a party at the former Grand Bar on Church Street and left with friends in a car, before riding home alone later on his motorcycle.
While police believe he was targeted, initially they said it was too early to tell whether Mr Johnson’s death was gang related, or if it was connected to another attempted shooting in the Happy Valley Road area leading up to his murder.
In the appeal issued on Monday, a police spokesman said: “There are members of the Rambling Lane community that might have seen a person(s) acting suspiciously in and around Rambling Lane shortly before 3am Monday, December 10, 2018 and investigators want to speak with them.
“Time has passed, but the events of that early morning are still relevant today and you hold the key to bringing the offenders to justice, and closure to Paul Johnson’s family and the community, that is still grieving.
“Several witnesses have been interviewed, however there are still members of our community that have not come forward.
“The investigators want to speak with you.
“All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence and all information is relevant. You can also call the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477,” he added.
“If you saw something or heard something, say something. The Senior Investigative Officer is Detective Sergeant Jason Smith who can be reached on 717-0864 or via e-mail at email@example.com.”