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Two killed in shooting spree

Five others injured in holiday violence
  • A police officer gathers evidence following a shooting spree that started on Kemp Road and ended in Nassau Village on the Whit Monday holiday yesterday. TORRELL GLINTON

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 21, 2013

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Two men were shot dead and five others injured during a Whit Monday shooting spree that started on Kemp Road and ended in Nassau Village, police said.

The killings came two days after two men were murdered in separate incidents on New Providence.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said it was too early to say what motivated the shootings yesterday.

Ferguson said two gunmen, who were inside a white Dodge Ram truck, went to a home on Kemp Road, north of Bar 20 Corner, just after noon.

The suspects approached a man sitting on the porch of the home and shot him. Another man, who was inside the home, was shot when he tried to leave the residence, police said.

One of the victims was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Although police did not release his name, area residents said the victim was Marty Bastian, a well-known person in the community.

The second victim died at the home, police said.

When The Nassau Guardian arrived at the scene, his body was slumped on the porch and surrounded by more than six bullet casings.

Ferguson said the shooters fled the scene and drove onto Montgomery Avenue, off Jerome Avenue, where they continued their shooting spree.

“[There] they met persons having a holiday get-together,” he said. “Those men fired upon those persons.

“Four persons, I am told, were injured at that location and were transported to Princess Margaret Hospital.”

Officers intercepted the suspects’ truck on Abundant Life Road and the men led them on a chase, police reported.

The men shot at police who returned fire, Ferguson said.

One suspect, who was wounded during the gunfire, was taken into custody shortly after the gunmen’s getaway truck crashed into bushes outside God’s Temple of Praise Church on Taylor Street, Nassau Village.

Dozens of police officers flooded Nassau Village looking for the other gunman. Police later arrested several men and Ferguson said they believe that “one or two” of them were involved in the shootings.

Police recovered two firearms in Nassau Village — a high-powered gun and a handgun — that they suspect were used in the crimes.

One resident of Kemp Road told The Nassau Guardian that while he is accustomed to sounds of gunshots at night he was surprised by the daytime killings.

Pastor Anthony Williams, 57, said his church was in the middle of a service when the congregation heard the gunshots.

He said some scared area residents sought refuge inside the church.

Williams said the victim the residents identified as Marty Bastian was nice and quiet, but might have been targeted because of his past.

Another Kemp Road resident, who identified himself only as Farrington, said Bastian is his cousin.

“He [was a] great down-to-earth person, a family man, well-respected in the community.  I think he got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

Police asked anyone with information to come forward.

Ferguson also warned that people found harboring suspected criminals would be arrested.

The latest killings pushed the murder count for 2013 to 44.

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