Two more murders
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 13, 2013
An American crewmember of a vessel docked at Nassau was shot dead during a robbery early yesterday, police said.
It was one of two murders recorded yesterday, bringing the murder count for the year to 40.
The victim was identified as Kyle Brauner, 34, of Illinois.
Police said the expatriate worker was killed around 4:30 a.m.
Superintendent Paul Rolle, who heads the Central Detective Unit (CDU), said the victim was with another man and two women when they were held up shortly after leaving Hammer Heads Bar and Grill on East Bay Street.
“We do believe that these individuals were followed from the Hammer Heads [Bar and Grill]...into the area where the robbery took place,” Rolle said.
“When they got onto the Mackey Street area, they stopped for some reason. When they stopped they were accosted by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun who rushed up on the vehicle and demanded their jewelry and belongings.”
Rolle said during the hold up one of the women got out of the car.
He said one of the assailants then tried to grab her purse and her necklace. However, Rolle said the woman put up a fight.
During the scuffle, one of the men got out of the car and confronted the man who had the gun.
“At this point the assailant then shot him in the neck,” Rolle said.
The victim died on the scene. Rolle said no one else was injured.
Brauner was reportedly a boat mate on the Liberty Clipper, which is docked at Nassau Yacht Haven.
His crewmates told The Nassau Guardian that Brauner had only been in New Providence for a few weeks.
“The crew is shocked and in disbelief,” said one crewmember.
Police said one man was in custody in connection with the murder, but police were looking for two other suspects.
Two and a half hours before Brauner was shot, a 22-year-old Bahamian man was shot and killed in front of a nightclub.
Police said the incident took place at the East Street South Shopping Plaza.
The victim was standing outside a business along with a group of people when he was approached and shot multiple times by a man.
Rolle said the shooting happened as a result of a domestic dispute.
“We believe that the man was known to the victim,” Rolle said.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rolle said the shooter ran east behind the plaza into the Joan’s Heights area.
It is believed that he later escaped the area on a motorcycle.
Rolle said police were following significant leads but appealed to members of the community who may have information on either murder to contact them at 911, 919, Crimestoppers at 328-TIPS or CDU at 502-9991.
Last year this same time, the murder count stood at 53.