[Updated] Both the OBA and PLP have expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Michael Phillips, and urged the public to come forward with any information that may assist the police in their investigation.
Mr Phillips, 42, was shot multiple times while in the parking lot of Mid Atlantic Boat Club on North Shore Road in Devonshire last night [Oct 14]. The police said there is currently no evidence to indicate that this particular murder was gang related.
Mr Phillips left the club to get on his motorcycle, and one suspect ran into the parking lot and began shooting at him, while the second suspect entered the club and fired approximately three shots.
Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier said: “I send my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our most recent murder victim.
“Bermuda, this has to stop. This is not the norm and we can’t let it become the norm. This isn’t about the OBA or PLP, this is about human life. We as a community need to come together and rid ourselves of the violence.
“If you know something, anything, please speak up. You could be saving a life, even your own. I urge you to do the right thing, for you, your family, your community,” concluded Mr Cannonier.
The PLP also issued a statement saying: “We as a community, must not stand for this. It’s going to take all of us doing our part to bring crime under control. The Progressive Labour Party extends our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.”
Pembroke East MP Walter Roban said: “I wish to express my horror and sadness upon hearing for the tragic shooting at the Mid Atlantic Boat Club.
“This area has seen one too many of these incidences and I am concerned about the well being of the residents who live not far from the club grounds. This club has had a long admirable history and it is so unfortunate that its members and patrons are suffering through situations like this too often.
“Anyone who has information that will be helpful to the authorities should come forward to assist. My sympathies go out to the family of the victim and the members, patrons and officials of the Mid Atlantic Boat Club,” concluded Mr Roban.
“My colleague Kim Swan and I extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Michael Steven Phillips,” said UBP MP Charles Swan. “We are deeply saddened to hear that another of our young men has been gunned down.
“Indeed, the entire Bermudian community continues to reel from the affects of these acts of violence. It would appear that numerous persons where in the area and /or in the building. We trust that anyone who has information pertaining to this incident will see fit to call the authorities.
“Given the current state of our island, it is incumbent on all citizens to do our part to redress crime and violence.
Working together will reap results.”
UBP MP Kim Swan said: “I join with the comments of my colleague Mr. Charlie Swan MP of Southampton West Central as we in the United Bermuda Party join the chorus of political leaders who express our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Steven Phillips slain at Mid Atlantic Club.
“We (UBP) are beyond outraged at the continuation of cold bloodied murders and feel that the unintended consequence of the proliferation of these murders in recent years is breeding a new mindset in Bermuda – one alien to the traditional law abiding citizens of Bermuda – who are emotionally hardened and more socially dysfunctional than seen previously.
“Our submission, is that it is incumbent on us collectively as a people to intercede now within our communities – especially with our at risk young people – to ensure a brighter future than present trends suggest for them and all of us by extension.”
Update 6.17pm: The Governor, George Fergusson, issued a statement today following the murder last night of Mr Michael Phillips.
Mr Fergusson said, “I am shocked – again – by a brutal crime which has taken away a man from his family and friends. I feel desperately sad for those who have now been bereaved and pray that they feel strength and support.
“The reasons for this crime are not yet known. I ask that anyone with any knowledge of the attack on Mr Phillips, or anyone who may have seen two men outside the Mid-Atlantic Boat Club on Sunday evening, contact the Police or Crimestoppers.”
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