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Man shot dead near Yamacraw home

Murder count rises to 88
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
royston@nasguard.com

Published: Oct 23, 2013

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A man was shot dead near the entrance of his home in Yamacraw Beach Estates just before midnight on Monday, police said.

The victim, whose name  was not released, was reportedly standing in his yard on Carter Close at the time of the shooting.

Police could not say what may have motivated the shooting, and up to last night had not arrested anyone.

Superintendent Melvin Lundy, acting officer in charge of the Central Detective Unit, said police responded to reports of gunshots in the area and discovered the victim slumped with wounds to the upper body.

The victim, who police believe was in his 20s, was wearing a navy blue pair of trousers and a white shirt.

He was pronounced dead on scene.

The murder count for 2013 stands at 88, according to police.

This murder was the sixth to occur for the month.

It is the seventh to occur since National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage announced on September 6 that all police officers on New Providence would be immediately placed on 12-hour shifts.

Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said last week that he was satisfied the initiative was having a positive impact in the crime fight.

“The [number] of illegal weapons taken off the streets [is] significant, well over 30 to date and hundreds of rounds of ammunition,” he said.

“Our murder figures have certainly diminished so we have not had many reports of murders post the initiative.

“I believe more particularly sentiments from members of the public [have been] to the extent that we don’t feel as fearful [of crime].”

Lundy said yesterday that police still need the help of the public to give information on the whereabouts of suspects.

A resident of Carter Close, who did not wish to be named, told The Nassau Guardian the murder disturbed her deeply.

“It is so scary that it was so close to home,” she said.

“We live right here. I am afraid, but I plan to go back to my normal routine.

“I just think it’s something that happened because some nights you have police circling, so it’s not that their presence is not here.”


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