Shooting at Bermuda College: 16 Year Old Shot

March 13, 2010

Police are reporting that gunshots were fired at Bermuda College in the early hours [1:40am] of Saturday March 13.

There was a function taking place, and an altercation occurred between several young men. The incident occurred in the area of the East Parking Lot near the College gymnasium.

A 16 year old Warwick teenager was shot and also received a [non gunshot related] injury to his head. The teenager received treatment at King Edward Memorial Hospital and was later released.

A car on the Bermuda College premises was also damaged; Police believe the two incidents may be linked. A police investigation into these matters is underway.

Bermuda College

Bermuda College

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The 16 year old victim, who fortunately survived, is one of the youngest shooting victims to date in Bermuda.

College spokesperson Evelyn James Barnett stressed that the incident did not take place at an event that was being hosted by the Student Government Council in the Student Hall at the time.

Shootings are a fairly recent occurrence in Bermuda, with the numbers climbing at an alarming rate. Data provided by the Bermuda Police show there were 8 confirmed uses of firearms in the five years prior to 2009, and a total of 15 confirmed uses of firearms in a single year in 2009.

Minister Glenn Blakeney has stated that guns are rented in Bermuda for a cost of $2,000 – $3,000.

So far in 2010, Bermuda has lost one person to gun violence. 34 year old Perry Puckerin was fatally shot in Hamilton Parish on January 4th.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information in this incident to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 299-8115 or the independent 24 hour confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477. In addition, anyone with any information can send an anonymous tip via the Crime Stoppers Bermuda website at crimestoppers.bm

*Conflicting reports have the victim shot in the foot

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