Man shot dead on Martins Close

Man shot dead on Martins Close

Murder count pushed to 59

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man was shot and killed as he sat on a stairway on Martins Close, off Cowpen Road, last night, police reported.

Authorities said an armed man walked up to the group of men and began shooting, hitting the victim.

The incident took place around 10 p.m.

The victim, whose identity was not released, died on scene.

The fatal shooting pushed the country’s murder count to 59 for 2019. There have been seven murders this month.

Two men were shot dead as they sat in front of a residence on Maple Street, Pinewood Gardens around 11 p.m. on Monday night. The men were identified by relatives as Dimetri Dormeus, 22, and Dion Adderley Jr., 24. Another woman, who was inside the home, was also injured during the shooting. She was listed in stable condition.

Superintendent Shanta Knowles, who spoke to reporters on scene, said authorities could not say whether the murders were connected, but police had not ruled out anything.

Power outage

According to residents of the area, the electricity was off when the shooting occurred.

In an outage advisory shortly before 9 p.m., Bahamas Power and Light said Fairview Heights, Felia Subdivision (Armbrister Close, Allen Drive, Barbados Street, Fire Trail Road, Hampster Road); Silver Gates; portions of Golden Gates #2 and Bahamas Faith Ministries would be off the grid between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. as the power company continues load shedding throughout New Providence due to a generation shortfall.

Asked about unconfirmed reports of power being off in the area at the time of the shooting, Knowles said, “Well, we are going to speak with people; we’re hoping that people in the area can give us information that may be able to assist us with that. At this time, I don’t have that.”

Knowles was also asked whether authorities have increased presence in communities that have been scheduled for power outages, particularly at night.

“We have not ceased any patrols, so our patrols are 24/7,” she said. “Those number like I said; our operations will increase, especially as we go further into the holiday seasons, but none of our operations have ceased. Our mobile patrols from the [police] stations and from our mobile division are still ongoing.