29 Year Old Prince Edness Dies After Shooting

December 8, 2014

[Still updating on Monday morning. Police confirm 29 year old Prince Edness was shot and killed in Southampton at around 8.30pm]

At sometime around 8.00pm this evening [Dec 7] there was a shooting in Southampton, the police have confirmed. Details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.

Update 9.05pm: Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines said, “A confirmed firearms incident took place on South Avenue in the Sunnyside Park area of Southampton. A man has been shot and killed, and police investigation is underway, further information will be given in due course.”

Update 9.21pm: The victim’s identity is widely circulating among the community already and comments are being left below identifying him, however please note we cannot allow comments naming victims until the police officially do so.

The photo below shows the crime scene a few minutes ago, the markings on the road indicate bullets/casings, with it appearing multiple shots were fired.

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Update 9.57pm: Unofficial reports continue to indicate that the suspects may have fired at police vehicles when fleeing the scene. When asked, Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines declined to confirm, deny or state specifics, but said the police would provide more details on the investigation in due course.

Update 10.05pm: Police can also been seen in Middle Road, Southampton area, and we have multiple reports from bystanders, which are unofficial and unconfirmed, that the suspects, traveling on a bike away from the scene, fired at a police vehicle.

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Update 10.27: As pictured below, there are markings in the road in the Middle Road, Southampton area where unofficial reports suggest a police car was fired at. While we are unable to confirm beyond all doubt, these markings in the road at police scenes generally indicate casings/bullet[s] was found. There is also a heavy armed police presence in the area.

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Update 10.50pm: Police continue to investigate at the scene where the victim was shot and killed, with the Forensic Unit on scene.

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Update 11.07pm: Police have started holding a press conference. They said the shooting took place at around 8.30pm in Southampton. They said the victim is a 29 year old Pembroke man.

Update 11.36pm: The full police statement is below

The Bermuda Police Service responded to a report of a firearm incident that took place at 8:30pm Sunday, December 7th on South Avenue in the Sunnyside Park area of Southampton.

Upon police arrival it was ascertained that a 29 year old Pembroke man was shot and subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

A full investigation into this incident has commenced. As this investigation is in its infancy no further information will be given until tomorrow Monday, December 8th when senior investigators will give a full update to the media.

Meanwhile police are asking for anyone who lives in the Sunnyside Park area who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.”

Update Dec 8, 7.40am: Premier and Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley said, ‎”This is a senseless and brutal act of violence.

“The early reports indicate that Police Officers risked their lives in an effort to apprehend those who are suspected of committing this crime and as a community we can rest assured that with the help of any witnesses they will bring them to justice.

“Every member of this community is a valued citizen and no loss of life is any less tragic. I urge anyone who knows something about the events of last night to say something.”

Update 11.55am: The police have officially identified the shooting victim as Prince Edness, and also confirmed our reports that a police officer was fired at by the suspects. The press conference is still underway and we will update as able in this article.

Update 3.30pm: Area MP Zane Desilva said, “The shooting murder in Southampton is reprehensible and we condemn it in the strongest terms. We further extend condolences to the family of the victim and encourage witnesses to provide full assistance to the Bermuda Police Service.

“Bermudians deserve to know that their communities are safe for themselves and their children. Gun violence strikes at the very heart of our community and must be stopped.”

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This is the fifth shooting in the past few weeks, following after shooting on Dec 3rd in Cedar Hill, Warwick [link], a shooting in Pembroke on Nov 13th [link], a shooting in Sandys in Nov 11th which saw four men injured [link], and another shooting on that same day in Devonshire [link].

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the main police number at 295-0011, or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

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  1. NO MORE WAR says:

    Sad they couldn’t pay me enough to police Bermudas streets.

    • Oh WELL says:

      Wait till you find out who the victim is!!!!

      • And I'm sticking to it says:

        his isn’t trivia…have some respect for this individual’s family. Ignorant how people adopt the attitude well they deserved it…with attitudes like that this vicious cycle will continue. and no you didn’t outright say the person deserved it but its definitely implied!!

    • Lets be real!!!!! says:

      Lets be real about what’s going on in Bermuda. If parents took care of their kids they wouldn’t turned into wanna be gangsters. When I was growing up and did some dumb stuff my dad would cut my a$$ with his belt. I was more afraid of him then the police and don’t let me disrespect my teacher. Oh LORD help me!!

      The point I’m trying to make is you parents need to step F up on your children before they become dust in a coffin. If you need assistance their are programs in place to help you.

      • We the People (1st!!) says:

        It is so easy to put the blame/responsibly solely on the parents. The young men that are involved in this are a lot different then how kids were back in the day. No amount of ‘licks’ or ‘beatings’ scare these kids. How do we deal with gang members who are not afraid to die? Some of these gang members are grown men. How do you control grown men?

        The community needs to step up. Get involved in Big Brothers and Sisters, Mirrors, or some mentoring programs, help direct struggling youth in the right direction, so they don’t eventually get caught up in this.

        It’s easy to blame the parents, blame the police, and tonight we go to sleep, wake up tomorrow, comment, and carry on business as usual. It’s harder to ask ourselves, how can I help? Then get involved.

  2. Not again says:

    When will all this stop. I heard like 6 shots fired and knew it wasn’t the regiment. Then you heard bikes speeding across the house. I hope no one got hurt…but hearing all these sirens I don’t know what to think.

  3. Sickened says:

    I feel so sick right now.

  4. Joseph says:

    Praying

  5. Micro says:

    Long been time to engage the Regiment, start knocking doors down. Write the law giving sufficient powers to search any and all suspected persons. Box ‘em up, ship ‘em off, free labour for anyone who wants ‘em.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Your frustration is understood however you know none of that can happen. The Regiment is not trained for police work & you can’t go around kicking doors down without just cause, no matter how much you would like to.

      Inspite of how some our politicians on down conduct themselves we like to comnsider ourselves generally a law abiding & civilised place.

      We have had a great week. Best week of news for many many years. Back to reality.

  6. smh says:

    Forgive but never forget

  7. Tired says:

    So now these thugs have shot at Police Officers , surely it must be time to arm our front line Officers ?

    • Understandable says:

      We already see what’s going on in America with police having guns. I do think there can be some things done to help ensure police safety , however arming police with guns is another war we are going to have to fight .

      • Tired says:

        Please enlighten us? What are your ideas ?

      • Observer says:

        The police are already armed on the front line, its been like that for like 4yrs

        • Observer says:

          the police have had armed patrol officers for several years now, back when all those murders where taking place netween 42 and parkside

    • Tired says:

      Whoever dislikes this comment must be siding with the thugs commiting these crimes

      • Impressive says:

        Not necessarily, I disliked it because it implies an irrational way in which to deal with the problem.. Do you think that if the police start carrying guns than these type of incidents are going to stop occurring?? Tell me, do you honestly believe that to be the case??

    • Well Damn says:

      They would need to arm all of the officers. as said it is getting out of hand.

  8. Balls says:

    It is now time that the police chief gives all of the police guns. It is one thing to shoot gangsters but to then shoot at the police. All police should have guns.

  9. Catherine Wakely says:

    I am so so sorry- a tragic photo with the Christmas lights in the foreground, and the police cars in the background. Wishing all families concerned some peace in the mayhem.

  10. SMH2 says:

    Oh, like in the USA you mean…? Have you seen the news there recently?

  11. I just hope they dont continue to shoot at police, because once one of them get hit then police are gonna start shooting back and were gone end up like america

  12. chris smith says:

    Don’t even blink at these stories anymore. Depressing on many levels.

  13. Shi-Vaughn lee says:

    If all police are armed we risk experiencing similar sad realities that is here in America.

    • Tired says:

      So by not arming them we eliminate those risks ? Or we put all our officers at risk ?

    • Well Damn says:

      @ Shi-Vaughn. I think your very wrong. they would had been done it, with out using guns. There are many other ways to do police brutality.

    • Observer says:

      They have had guns on the front line for several years, police havent had to fire a single shot

  14. duh says:

    Hmm wonder if the cameras working today?

  15. D says:

    Yeah our police force should go abroad go abroad n learn how to handle these serious matters from bigger countries if u know what I mean its very sad that they shot at a police I hope they r caught

  16. Well Damn says:

    It only took two weeks and pow. Its crazy and stupid. I feel sorry for the families. I feel sorry the choices that these boys make. I can’t call them men.
    If they want to fight so bad send them to Iraq.
    The system Government needs to change get tougher harder, its to weak.
    Yes it is getting out of hand. :/

  17. Common Sense says:

    Every single death or serious injury from these shootings is a tragedy for the families concerned, and for all of us.

    Sadly, there may come the day when the Police will have to shoot and kill someone who is out of control in another firearms incident when the culprit or culprits choose to fire at them. If, and when that time comes, we should all remember that the Bermuda Police have never shot anyone in over 100 years.

    These young men are needlessly taking each others lives, and they seem to believe they are impervious to the same violence they inflict on others, but the truth is that for all their bravado, once they are involved in this senseless gang warfare they can never sleep safely in their beds without the fear that they will be next.

  18. duh says:

    Maybe police dash cams a good idea?? Just a thought maybe a helicopter… infared camera.. way better than these useless new cars every year

  19. Copykat says:

    Remember God doesn’t sleep.

    • Karma says:

      Sadly, I think this lot gave up on God a long time ago….

  20. Triangle Drifter says:

    Hate to see the police have to arm themselves but you have to meet force with force. Very few police officers actually have to use their weapons however having police armed is nothing to be afraid of unless, of course, you are one of the bad guys.

    Maybe the weapon should be a small caliber, less likely to be lethal but still pack enough punch to stop a bad guy with a gun. Don’t want Dirty Harry running around with his 457 Magnum.

  21. Nanni61 says:

    None of you have even MENTIONED any sympathy towards his family!! I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family (especially his mother) and friends – NO ONE deserves to die like he did no matter what the situation may or may not have been.
    Bermudians are becoming cold hearted just like these GANGSTERS!! Sort it out…..