Brazen daylight shooting claims life of businessman

by: Ashley Penn, News Reporter

A brazen daylight shooting in the Fortune Bay Drive area yesterday claimed the life of a well-known businessman, pushing the murder count for the island to seven.

The man and woman were reportedly walking in the area when he was shot multiple times about the body.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour gave further details into the tragic ordeal, moments after the body was removed from the scene.

" The police received information shortly before 6:00 p.m. this afternoon of an apparent shooting in the Fortune Bay Drive area. Responding and investigating the matter, our initial investigation suggests that a male and a female, known to each other, were walking on Fortune Bay Drive apparently doing their normal daily exercise,"  he said.

" Shots suddenly rang out and, when the dust was cleared, it was discovered that the male was shot multiple times about the body. The female was unharmed in the process, so we don't know whether it was a person or persons who would have done the shooting. All we know is a male resident of Freeport is the apparent victim." 

ACP Seymour also noted that although the investigations are in its preliminary stages, no suspects have been named in connection with the matter.

" We have begun our investigation into this matter to determine who the person or persons were responsible in this particular latest homicide,"  he said.

Cognizant that someone knows exactly what happened, Seymour made an appeal to members of the public who may have information into the fatal shooting.

" I want to make an appeal for those persons who know what transpired here, who has some information that can help us bring some resolve to this particular matter to come forward to police, so that we can close this matter in the shortest possible time to put the family and residentsâ mind at ease,"  the Grand Bahama police chief said.

ACP Seymour crime spoke to the family members of the victim on the scene and he and officers were observed comforting a number of the relatives as they were overcome with grief.

The Freeport News reached out to a man, believed to be the brother of the victim, who told this daily, "It's in God's hands."

Published Thursday, May 15, 2014

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