[Updated] The Bermuda Police Service officially identified the 31-year-old man who was murdered on Saturday as Joshua Robinson.
The police held a press conference this afternoon [June 25] with Superintendent Antoine Daniels and Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro addressing the media.
The police confirmed that one man was arrested in connection with the shooting, but has subsequently been released after being “eliminated from the inquiry.”
At around 5.15pm on Saturday [June 23] two men on a motorbike rode up to Jason’s Barbershop on North Shore, with one man running inside and opening fire inside the barbershop, shooting multiple times.
Unofficial reports indicate Mr Robinson was shot while in the barber’s chair, while the other 5 or 6 individuals inside the shop looked on in horror.
The suspect ran out of the Barber Shop and escaped with their accomplice on a motorbike heading west towards Spanish Point, leaving Mr Robinson mortally wounded. Police attended the scene, cordoning off the area with crime scene tape while they began their investigation.
When asked on Saturday if they are treating the incident as gang related, Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield said, “I think under the circumstances, that is a good assumption to make.” Detective Pedro also said today the police believe the shooting was gang related.
Video of the police press conference this afternoon:
Mr Robinson was from the St Monica’s Mission area, and had recently spent time overseas in an effort to escape the gang violence occurring locally.
Premier Paula Cox, Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief and Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier all expressed their sincere condolences to Mr Robinson’s family, and urged any witnesses to come forward.
The suspects are said to have been wearing dark clothes, helmets with dark visors, and were riding a silver or dark motorbike. Detective Pedro said he “I appreciate it has become a bit of a standard item in descriptions, the descriptions tend to be very much similar.
“But you have to appreciate the kind of crime that this is, its a gang related crime we believe, and the perpetrators often take steps to conceal their identity,” said Detective Pedro.
Mr Robinson leaves behind a devastated family, including three young children, and it is not the first time the Robinson family has had to face such a tragedy. Three years ago another of their family members was a victim of gun violence, with Kenwandee “Wheels” Robinson shot and killed in May 2009 in the St Monica’s Mission area.
Anyone with any information regarding the murder of Joshua Robinson is encouraged to contact Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro at the Serious Crime Unit directly on 247-1340. Alternatively, persons with information can call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477
Superintendent Antoine Daniels’ full statement follows below:
On behalf of the Bermuda Police Service, I wish to begin by expressing sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of 31 year old Pembroke resident Joshua Robinson, who tragically lost his life on Saturday evening.
As previously reported, at about 5:15pm on Saturday (June 23rd) Joshua Robinson was shot a number of times, while inside Jason’s Barber Shop, located on North Shore Road in Pembroke.
He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later by an on call medical physician.
Police immediately secured the crime scene and commenced a murder investigation which is being led by Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro.
The murder of Mr. Robinson represents the 2nd death caused by use of a firearm in Bermuda this year (2012), while an additional 3 persons have also been shot and injured.
Although these numbers represent a decrease in firearms incidents overall, this weekend’s shooting demonstrates the negative impact a single incident has on the community as a whole, especially when we consider Mr. Robinson was a young man who was in the prime of his life, a father, son, brother and friend.
As I am sure Chief Inspector Pedro will allude to and provide more specifics in his press statement, we are again appealing to members of the public to assist us in resolving this crime by reporting any information whether they believe it to be important or not to the police or via the Crime Stoppers hotline.
We in the Bermuda Police Service recognize that often there are increased levels of concern/anxiety within the community when senseless acts like the shooting on Saturday occur, especially when you couple this with the regularity of these firearms incidents since 2009. (There have been 74 people shot since Quarter 1 2009, with 18 fatalities).
However, we remain committed to identifying the persons responsible for carrying out these senseless & violent acts and will continue our robust approach to targeting guns, gangs and anti-social behaviour.
I now hand over to Chief Inspector Pedro for him to provide an update on the investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro’s full statement follows below:
May I start by offering my sincere condolences to the family & friends of Mr. Robinson on behalf of the investigating team and the wider Bermuda Police Service.
At 5:15pm on Saturday 23rd June, 2012, police officers responded to 911 reports of shots having been fired inside Jason’s Barber Shop, located at #107 North Shore Road, Pembroke.
A 31 year old man whom I can now identify as Mr. Joshua Robinson, of Pembroke Parish, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead at the scene.
Mr. Robinson leaves behind numerous members of family and friends. A forensic autopsy has been conducted by an overseas doctor, and the full report is expected shortly.
A full complement of detectives from the Bermuda Police Service Serious Crime Unit is investigating this incident, and it is being considered as ‘Premeditated Murder’.
Detectives have spoken with witnesses that were inside the shop at the time of the murder, and also with persons in the immediate area.
However, we are still very much interested in speaking with people that may have seen anything of note in the area of the shooting either before, at, or after the actual time of the shooting.
The suspects are believed to be wearing dark coloured clothing with dark coloured helmets and tinted visors. They were seen to be riding a step through motorcycle which was either silver or dark coloured.
The murder enquiry is being headed by Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro, and members of the Serious Crime Unit can be contacted directly on 247-1340 / 247-1739 or the main police number 295-0011. Alternatively, persons can also contact the CONFIDENTIAL & independent Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477 (TIPS). Any and all information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
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