Three die in weekend bloodbath

 

A Jerome Avenue barbershop became the crime scene of a double homicide saturday. Just 12 hours later, a man would be gunned down after bringing his children home off Cowpen Road.

In one of the bloodiest weekends in the capital to date, police had their hands full on Saturday trying to solve three murders that were recorded within the span of 12 hours.

The latest incident took place shortly after 10:00 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

“Officers responded to Refuge Court in Hollywood Subdivision, which is off Cowpen Road, after receiving reports that a man had been shot at this location,” revealed Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Press Liaison Shanta Knowles.

Knowles also revealed that the man, who has been identified as Wilton Brown Jr., was pulling into the driveway of his residence, when he was approached by two men.

Wilson’s children were also in the vehicle with him, police confirmed.

The duo proceeded to rob Wilson of his belongings and shot him before making good their escape.

Wilson, who was a licensed taxi cab driver, succumbed to his injuries at the scene, police confirmed.

“The men fled the scene in a Japanese-make vehicle. That is all the information we have available to us at this time,” confirmed Knowles.

Police cordoned off the area with crime scene tape while they combed the scene for any additional evidence that could assist them with their investigations into the country’s 43rd murder for the year.

A short time later, the police tape was removed, and an inconsolable group of family members ran toward the spot where Wilson was gunned down.

“Why they had to kill him,” screamed one relative.

“Y’all need to hang these boys,” yelled another relative, as she wept while being carried by two male relatives.

The emotional atmosphere on Refuge Court was quite similar to the scene at murders 41 and 42, which occurred only 12 hours earlier.

Police were called to the scene of a double shooting incident Saturday morning at Super Cuts Barber on Jerome Avenue.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Solomon Cash said that two men, dressed in hoodies, entered the barber shop brandishing handguns.

The duo opened fire on two brothers, confirmed Cash.

Eyewitness News was made to understand by sources close to the family that the victims are Malik and Delano Cartwright.

One of the men succumbed to his injuries at the scene, police reports said.

The other man was transported to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries a short time later, revealed authorities.

Cash noted that the culprits escaped the crime scene in a blue Japanese make vehicle.

“I would want to say to members of the public who may have been in this area, or who may have been patrons in the barbershop if they can identify the culprits or have any additional information they can assist the police with; give us a call at 911 or 919,” noted Cash.

The deceased are no strangers to police.

According to Cash, the brothers are believed to be a part of a gang.

“There is a culture of gangs in New Providence, more particularly in this sort of area,” shared Cash.

“We know that from time to time that these gangs will retaliate against one another. It is my understanding that this (crime) may be that sort of retaliation.”

Cash confirmed that police are trying their best to get a handle on crime, but the fight against gang culture in New Providence, he said, is an uphill battle.

“The minds of these persons are hell-bent on committing their acts of criminality against one another, but it is not until the act happens that we are able to really understand exactly what’s going on with these types of instances,” he said.

Police had no significant leads into any of the three weekend murders up to the publishing of this article.