5-year-old struck by vehicle as suspects flee murder scene

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The cries of a mother echoed throughout Ragged Island Street on Tuesday as the lifeless body of her son, the country’s latest murder victim, laid in a pool of blood.

According to police reports, shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2,  the victim, believed to be between 25-30, was standing on the corner of Ragged Island Street and Andros Avenue when the occupants of a gray vehicle pulled up and opened fire in his direction, hitting him to the body.

Police said the injured man was able to run a short distance away before collapsing.

Paramedics were called to the scene and made attempts to revive the man, but were unsuccessful.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers also reported yesterday that a five-year-old child was struck by the vehicle as the suspects attempted to flee the scene. The child was taken to the hospital, but up to post time last night, the child’s condition was not known.

Police Press Liaison Officer, Superintendent Shanta Knowles, told media on the scene yesterday that despite the recent spike in gun violence, the streets are still safe.

“We don’t want the public to feel afraid or held hostage in their homes, because of incidents that are occurring,” Supt. Knowles said.

“We have manpower on the streets. Our operations have not ceased. We had officers nearby when this incident occurred, however, they were not close enough to apprehend those who were responsible. We are confident to know that our teams of officers are on the street and are working.”

Tuesday’s murder came on the heels of a double homicide which occurred last Friday, June 28thin Star Estates as well as a murder that was recorded last Thursday, June 27thon Calvin Street.

Police identified the victims involved in the Star Estates homicide as Ian Elliot Porter,48, of Star Estates and Raymond Adderley, 46, of Baillou Hill Heights.

The man killed on Calvin Street was identified by police as 22-year-old Nicholas Dixon.

According to Supt. Knowles, last week’s murders as well as a mass shooting in Montell Heights on Sunday that injured 14 persons, are not believed to be related and will be investigated as separate matters.