Two dead in Bahamas shooting spree

Police officers at the scene of the crime.
Police officers at the scene of the crime.

NASSAU — Two men were shot dead and five others injured during a Whit Monday shooting spree that started on Kemp Road and ended in Nassau Village, police said.

The killings came two days after two men were murdered in separate incidents on New Providence.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said it was too early to say what motivated the shootings yesterday.

Ferguson said two gunmen, who were inside a white Dodge Ram truck, went to a home on Kemp Road, north of Bar 20 Corner, just after noon.

The suspects approached a man sitting on the porch of the home and shot him. Another man, who was inside the home, was shot when he tried to leave the residence, police said.

One of the victims was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Although police did not release his name, area residents said the victim was Marty Bastian, a well-known person in the community.

The second victim died at the home, police said.

When reporters arrived at the scene, his body was slumped on the porch and surrounded by more than six bullet casings.

Ferguson said the shooters fled the scene and drove onto Montgomery Avenue, off Jerome Avenue, where they continued their shooting spree.

“[There] they met persons having a holiday get-together,” he said. “Those men fired upon those persons.

“Four persons, I am told, were injured at that location and were transported to Princess Margaret Hospital.”

Officers intercepted the suspects’ truck on Abundant Life Road and the men led them on a chase, police reported.

The men shot at police who returned fire, Ferguson said. (Nassau Guardian)

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