[Updated - At around 5.15pm today [June 23] two men on a bike rode up to Jason’s Barbershop on North Shore, with one man running inside and opening fire inside the barbershop, shooting multiple times, before running out and escaping on the motorbike heading towards Spanish Point. A 31-year-old man was shot, and the police have confirmed he has died.]
There was a shooting this afternoon in the North Shore Road area, and unofficial reports indicate that someone may have been shot. Police presently have the North Shore blocked off from Bandroom Lane, with multiple officers and vehicles in the area.
Police presently have the North Shore blocked off from Bandroom Lane, with multiple officers and vehicles in the area. Unofficial reports indicate that the victim may have been very seriously injured. Details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.
Update 6.02pm: The shooting took place by the Barber Shop, with unofficial reports indicating the victim was in the area to get a haircut when he was shot. We understand the situation to be very serious, and expect the police to release an official statement shortly.
Update 6.49pm: Police continue to investigate, with senior detectives including Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield arriving on scene. Police are going in and out of the barbershop, with the forensic unit on scene as well. Unofficial reports indicate at least five shots were fired.
Update 7.06pm: Police confirm the shooting victim has died. They said that at around 5.15pm two men on a bike wearing dark visors rode up to the barbershop on North Shore, with one man opening fire right inside the Barbershop, fatally wounding the victim before both men escaped on the motorbike heading towards Spanish Point.
Update 7.16pm: Video of Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield’s statement below. When asked if they are treating it as gang related, Mr Mirfield said that “I think under the circumstances, that is a good assumption to make.”
Update 8.18pm: The victim has now been taken out of the Barbershop by funeral home attendants. The police are starting to remove some of the crime scene tape from the area, however are still blocking traffic on North Shore. There were a few bikes outside the Barbershop, which the police have just loaded into a police truck and removed from the scene.
Update 8.41pm: The police issued a written statement, which follows in full below.
Around 5:20pm on Saturday, June 23rd police responded to reported gunshots at Jason’s Barbershop on North Shore Road in Pembroke.
It appears that two men on a motorcycle wearing full face helmets arrived at the location. One of the suspects got off the motorcycle and shot the victim, a 31 year old man, before both men escaped on the motorcycle heading west.
The scene has been forensically examined and will remain cordoned off until further notice as detectives continue the investigation into this fatal shooting.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen two men on a motorcycle in the North Shore Road, Pembroke area in the vicinity of Jason’s Barbershop around the time of the incident to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 295-0011 or the independent & confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.
Update 9.08pm: North Shore is now open to traffic. This is the second murder of 2012, following the murder of 24-year-old Stefan Burgess in January, who was shot and killed while in the Glebe Road area one evening.
Update June 24: Premier Paula Cox, Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief and Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier expressed their condolences to the family of the victim of yesterday’s fatal shooting, and urged calm and cooperation.
Update June 25: The police have identified the victim as Joshua Robinson.
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