15-year-old shot outside nightclub

By Staff Writer

A 15-year-old female was left dead early Sunday morning outside a popular night spot in Eight Mile Rock, after residents in the neighboring area said they heard what sounded like gunshots.

Inspt. Terecita Pinder from the police Public Affairs and Communications Office (PACO)  yesterday confirmed that officers were dispatched to a bar in the Kings Subdivision, Eight Mile Rock after receiving information that a female was shot at the establishment, by a man known to police.

The alleged shooter reportedly fled the scene.

According to Pinder, shortly after 3:00 a.m. police received a call that a female was shot at a bar. When officers arrived at the scene they met the deceased lying on the outside of the bar with gunshot wounds to the head.

EMS personnel were called; however, when they arrived and examined the body there were no visible vital signs and they pronounced the female dead.

The victim is believed to be 15- year-old Alexis Smith.

A crowd of onlookers had already gathered, joining those from inside the bar as officers cordoned off the tragic scene with crime scene tape.

Residents living in close proximity to the bar said they heard, “two shots and then screaming.

“When I heard the screaming I just jumped out of bed, dressed and ran outside to see what was going on,” said a female resident of Kings’ Subdivision. “When I looked in front of the bar I saw the young woman laying there and blood was everywhere.”

The woman questioned, “how can something like this happen ... what is a teen doing in a bar at this hour of the morning?”

She was not the only resident of that area concerned about the happening at the popular night club.

“I am tired of calling the police to this same place ... every night, the music is loud, fighting and carrying-on during the weekend, something needs to be done,” said another female.

One resident complained that their 75-year-old mother could get no sleep in the early morning hours as patrons of the bar created a disturbance near her bedroom window.

“Something must be done,” residents agreed.

As police continued their preliminary investigations at the crime scene, parents of the teenage victim arrived and were consoled by a senior officer.

Pinder said that the matter is under active police investigation and they are appealing to the public for anyone with information who can help them in moving the investigation forward to contact the police at telephone numbers 350- 3107/8, 911/919 or call your nearest police station.

This is the second shooting in two weeks at a frequented night spot on the island.

On Sunday, March 9, 27-year-old Rimardo Rolle was shot several times when gunshots were fired in a club on Queens Highway around 2:00 a.m.

Rolle was rushed to the Accident and Emergency trauma section of the Rand Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Later that fateful Sunday sometime around 9:45 a.m., Rolle succumbed to his injuries.

Two males, 26 and 21 year old, both of Grand Bahama, were taken in custody and were assisting police with their investigations into the shooting incident.

Several days following the shooting, police hauled 21-year-old Javaro Davis before the courts to answer charges of murder in connection with the death of Rolle.

He was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison in New Providence until a preliminary inquiry into this matter which is set to begin June 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Davis was represented by attorney Simeon Brown.

Published Monday, March 31, 2014