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

Pipo posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014 11:38 PM


And for the family of this man I say, your son died in vein, he was not a drug dealer, he was not a gangster, he was not a molester using the name of God for profit, he was an honest businessman defending what has been in his family since day one. Your son mother, he died in VIEN! There was need, no reason, that he should be dead! But you know what mother, he died for GREED, THIER GREED!

Pipo posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014 11:16 PM


Ronny my brother or sister, we are watching and logging everything that is happening in your beautiful country. But if you can unite the Bahamian community as one, for at least one day, than ask me this question and I'll gladly, with tears in my eyes, will give you the answer to your problems. Please preform that miracle first and the rest is easy, an army divided will always fall, but UNITED! United we can build a bridge from here to Miami if we wanted too, UNITED! for get about! We can take back our land without any violence, all we need is the media! Lord!, give me a UNITED BAHAMIAN, and I can move a mountain with the will of God's permission!

When can I visit again without getting killed? posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014 10:57 PM


Not happening as per 100,000 to over 100 murders a year. Meaning Per Capitol, get it? Remember there are over 350 million people in the U.S., so the Per Capitol will be higher. But the Bahamas is only in the couple of hundred thousands, the murder rate should be less than what you are having now, much lower. Stop taking about it so much and do something about it, it has been 12 years since I visited your country on account of so much hate and violence.

RONNY posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014 12:43 PM


I understand that people are watching the Bahamas, if your country is crime free ? Please tell us and others. How were you able to accomplish this so we can be a country filled with individuals who are models of law abiding citizens.

posted on: Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:19 PM


Yes I agree with the above. I am Canadian and look forward to our vacations. I have recently been disturbed by the recent tragic news the last few months. Get a handle on this!!! The other part of this story is that this is only the published part. What goes on that the news does not report? Why do you say it is better in the Bahamas?

posted on: Saturday, May 17, 2014 5:35 PM


What has Jamaica got to do with you country? Really? Jamaica never had drug issues like the Bahamas did in the 80s, and guess what? Jamaica was just as "peaceful" as the Bahamas is now. It just took the Bahamas a little longer to get so violent. It's latter day bible fulfillment. It's happening everywhere.

posted on: Friday, May 16, 2014 6:26 PM


This is such a side thing, going on in this little country, that I love...

posted on: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:46 PM


Just another day in so called "paradise".

posted on: Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:52 PM


My God what has become of Grand Bahama with all the crime lately? Is the Bahamas becoming another Jamaica? How does anyone expect tourism to increase when the headlines lately are crime related? The killer(s) of the man killed in his house a few weeks ago are still at large now this latest killing. We can no longer say, "crime only happens in the ghetto." Crime knows no boundaries, basically you aren't safe anywhere. Every other day in Nassau there is a killing and it looks like Grand Bahama is not far behind. This is all very disturbing not to mention giving Grand Bahama a very poor reputation.

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