In response to the recent spike in firearm incidents, the police have increased the number of armed police officers on patrol.
As we previously reported, last night [Nov 6] police responded to reports of gun shots in the Scenic Heights, Southampton area. Police confirmed a gun was fired, and said there were no reported injuries.
Last night’s incident was the fourth firearm incident in the western end of the island in the last two weeks. No one was injured in any of the previous three incidents which occurred on Nov.4, Oct.27 and Oct 25.
Last month Michael Phillips was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Mid Atlantic Boat Club on North Shore Road in Devonshire, which followed only a few weeks after the murder of Lorenzo Stovell in Sandys parish.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the main police number on 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.
The full police statement is below:
Around 8:45pm on Tuesday, November 6th police officers responded to reports of gunshots in the area of Scenic Heights Pass in Southampton parish. Forensic evidence found at the scene confirmed that a firearm had been discharged; however there were no reported injuries.
Inquiries into this incident are ongoing and anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of this confirmed firearm incident is encouraged to contact the main police number on 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.
Bermuda has experienced an increase in firearms incidents in the last few months, as compared with the rest of the year.
In response to these incidents, the BPS has already increased the number of armed police officers on patrol and have expanded enforcement activity including the use of all lawful powers of search with a view to catching and disrupting offenders.
Also, several lines of inquiry are being followed, including the use of CCTV. We are asking for the public’s patience as there maybe potential traffic holdups as a result of these undertakings.
The motive(s) for these incidents remain unclear, and we continue to encourage anyone with any information to come forward, no matter how insignificant you believe the information to be.
Please make note of any suspicious persons, vehicles and activity as all information that is received will go a long way to assist in bringing the offenders to justice.