NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two men were found dead on Pitt Road shortly after 7.30am today, according to police.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Solomon Cash said officers were responding to shots fired in the area when they found the bodies — one of the men believed to be in his early 30s and the other in his late 20s.
One of the bodies was found on the road and the other found in a yard.
Police did not confirm the identity of the victims; however, relatives identified the two men as Calvin Archer and Amal Hunter.
Cash told reporters at the scene there were few details concerning the incident at this time; however, one of the victims was known to police.
“We are looking at his victimology and hopefully by us examining his victimology we could be able to share a little more,” he said.
“It’s a bit early in the investigation, so we don’t have all the circumstances surrounding these shootings.
“We can appeal to members of the public who live in this area or who may have been in the area at the time of the incident to contact police.”
Cash also noted that one of the victims is suspected of being involved with a gang and “small drug peddling”.
However, he could not say if the killings were the result of a drive-by shooting or anything else.
“I have my detectives on the ground. They are currently probing and combing the area, so hopefully, we can be able to recover a lot of information.
“This is a residential area where a lot of persons are in it, so hopefully we will be able to get a bit more information whether or not it’s a drive-by or persons.”
He further advised that a pistol was found on one of the deceased at the scene.
Asked whether police are concerned about possible retaliation concerning the matter, considering the victimology of the men, Cash said police remain on high alert.
He said: “We consider whether or not there will be retaliation and if we consider that to be so then we know the players and we will deploy our policing strategy to circumvent any additional retaliation.”
Cash assured Bahamians and residents in the area that despite the criminal element, there’s no need to fear.
“You can see the police presence every day, throughout the day and night,” he added.
“We will assure the community that we are up and we are about and we will protect you as much as possible.
“But what we want to say to people in our society, those upright and upstanding people, that there’s no need to fear.
“You would find that most of our persons are involved in acts of criminality.”
Cash urged Bahamians who may have information or see suspicious criminal behavior to feel free to call the police.