SHOOTING UPDATE ON PARADISE ISLAND LAST NIGHT

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13333_326623065121_584530121_9700421_3211460_n<<< Police tape taken in this photograph just outside Marina Village last night. A police officer and security guard were shot by a gunman who entered the area.

Paradise Island, Bahamas — Residents and tourist on Paradise Island were moved in horror on Halloween night as gunshots were fired at the Marina Village centre around 10pm Saturday. At the end of the gun battle bullets left a police officer and a security guard wounded at the crime scene. The incident is believed the result of a failed robbery. The suspect is believed to have fled the scene on foot.

The shooting incident took place directly in front of the marina docking office which is adjacent to the popular burger restaurant Johnny Rockets.

The ordeal produced chaos at the busy tourist hot spot, which is usually frequented by guest vacationing on the island. Cars were line along the Paradise Island bridge as teams police officers descended into the area, with watercraft vessels combing the habour and patrol vehicles searching for the gunman.

Bahamas Press now confirms no tourists were harmed following the shooting. However, eyewitnesses told Bahamas Press as the shots were fired guests and locals, some dressed in Halloween costumes, fled into restaurants at the marina visibly shaken and some emotionally move to tears only seconds after the incident.

“Police told us to stay inside the restaurant. I know all in and out of the island were blocked and they [police] stopped allowing people access on the island up until 11pm. I saw and heard an ambulance with sirens coming into the area. And following that tape stretched from Carmines to Johnny Rockets to the Marina office,” an eyewitness told BP.

Bahamas Press Facebook friend Gail Bethel said, “ I hope both persons are alive. This is ridiculous, and [is] not good for our country. These goons need to stay home if they can’t learn how to behave in public. All this will do is make it bad for us sensible Bahamians who occasionally visit Marina Village and enjoy the various entertainment that the tourist enjoy.”cce6ccbf4935470fb5d2392ab4b6d1f901

Former MP Sidney Stubbs, a resident of Paradise Island, added, “I think it is a sad day for all of us when horrible things like this happen. We have to ensure that we continue to support the Police and our Paradise Island Security personnel.”

Up to press time BP could not confirm the condition of any of the victims, however, police could be seen taking photos of a bloody t-shirt left at the crime scene as they began their investigations.

Denisa Mendrejova, Miss Slovak Republic 2009, cools off on the waterslides in Aquaventure at ATLANTIS, Paradise Island, Bahamas on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in her swimsuit by BSC Swimwear.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Yes my friends the kids are not just satisfied with messing op cars with eggs they want to see blood.they threw plenty rocks and bottles and thats why I thought I could go to Paradise Island and enjoy mtself.In regards to those offended by perceived political statesments remember that in the Govts manifesto they talked about no more crime and lambasted mother Pratt as if she was responsible.I hear you when you speak about forty yrs of this problem building but you should have mentioned the General Elections of 1972 when the now Govt that was then in Gvot actually had thugs working for them and burnt and murdered.The chiskens are coming home to roost.For persons not born then go to the archives and look at newspaper styories and get the information.I am very offended when some bloggers speak and dont know the truth.Well stay here long enough and you will jar my memory to disclose some things that have been forgotten by some.

  2. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT !! People would think twice before they go and murder others. How is it that the christian council has so much power to stop murderers from being executed. The victims of murder did not have anyone protecting them. I’m pretty sure that their opinions would be different if they were burying their loved ones who were victims of a senseless murder. Why the lovefest for a murderer?

  3. @Russell Johnson: eggs and rocks, are u serious? i have not been out in halloween in about 3 yrs and prefer to stay home like many. it surely has changed. what happened to just getting candy and having a good time. why do some of these kids always want to cause some harm to a person or property?

  4. the comment from stubbs sounds so typical of a person in governement; generic, uncaring, boring, and short. he’s prbbly only scared for himself and family bcz he never thought it would come up to his posh residence. like any of them really care. but now they see the violence is moving up to a more sophistcated area, than just a regular store or in the ghetto.
    i know the tourists and everyone there was so frightened. i know i would be. you just dont expect that to happen there. and on haloween with kids out and about!

  5. An update on this story will be done in :30 minutes. Bahamas Press is working the lines and will update this developing story.

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  6. @Russell Johnson
    We FINALLY AGREE ON SUMTING TOMMY T needs to get fired! QUICK and in HURRY and he want be prime minister…… pls. I’ll never vote FNM if Tommy Turnquest is leader!

  7. Why do we act surprised when the government will not put social programs in place to ensure that person know how to conduct themselves in civil society.This will continue CRI-ME.this is a you and me problem we talk and send are regards and only want to do something when it effects our family when it time to petition lobby government we are too busy and if we contiinue then you or me will be next,
    The solution I am forming a boys club I need volunteers I read to children in school and express the concern for them to have a good education and there moral and civil responsibilty to serve there country in these capacities.Question what are you doing how are you volunteering?

  8. Bahamas Press will report our Special today at 3PM <<< ‘A PLP Postmortem by Bahamas Press’

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  9. @N C L Smith
    Again I say, look at the embarrassment caused by Ingraham and his goons against the children of this country. Ech? Carl Bethel and all these children being molested. All these scandals/corruption in the ministry of education, I hear not a word from you against him? ECH?

    Look at the shame and disgrace this Pedophile Protective Government has brought on us? Yes, we shall defend Sidney because while he had enough concern to comment on the situation in the community of PI, where in the hell was Tommy Turnquest or Hubert ‘Mugabe’ Ingraham? MISSING IN ACTION, AGAIN!

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  10. TO see people defend Sidney Stubbs and the embrassment that he brought to the country for 5 years sickens me.. but I am sure that they are only status quo PLPs who would do such a thing… listen, ya’ll talk about crime, it was the likes of Sidney and his gang who robbed the public treatury of the Bahamas for the few years that he was ex chair at baic… Sidney Stubss should be in jail and by extention so should parry christie and the PLP government for allowing him to sever after he caused the public purse so much money with his lustful curruption of this country.

    This is PLP applaud crime too much.. just check the pleasant case and the ann nicloe case of late.. those are only examples of a criminal organization.

  11. @media
    I humbly apoligize, it’s just so sad that we are as a society are so shallow. There are families of the victims suffering this morning, and some people runnin on wit foolishness.

  12. @Progressive
    Ahhhh now Progressive please the site is rated G. If I allow one to use expletives then before we know it others will be talking about people underclothes. Let’s keep it civil. Good point though!

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  13. @N C L Smith
    The man is a resident of Paradise Island NCL, he live on the island what do you want us to do? Didn’t the country forgive Hubert Ingraham for saying he’s ashame a us? Didn’t we? So why are you still holding Stubbs feet to the fire? What you did for one you should do for all?

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  14. @KEVIN MCKENZIE

    @Russell Johnson
    Stop the panic this problem has be growing for some 40yrs. Where in equality is the order of the day… this is one of many examples what could and is happening in our Bahamaland. Its the small minds that bring politics into the frey. Both parties promise this and that but a society peoblem is bigger than any one man or political organization. We need ot mature as a nation it is then and only then that we will come up with solution rather than blame. The fact is the blame ly on us all…

  15. I am appalled by some of the comments I see on this site. A Govt duty is first and foremost to its citizens. That is why we pay taxes. They cannot protect us. PI Has its own security force made up of some of the Bahamas’ former Officers. We The People need protection, we need Change Bahamas.

  16. so dat 6 million really really gone to waist i hope people see what foolish leaders we elect on both sides of the divide. Well P.I ga take a hit they can ill afford at this time ..stupid people puttin all the eggs in one basket billion dollar investment people on 2-3 day work week what idiots we have leading us

  17. Tommy T salvage your political career and sign a death warrant before you give your speech at convention on wednesday evening.Anarchy threatens this country if you do not act now.Paradise Island of all places?Take off your political hat and like Mr Christie admit your mistakes and you can start by apologisisng to the senior Policemen that you fired in January this year.You must move quickly as this story can destroy everything our forefathers worked for.And by the way are any experienced Officers left after the political butchery?

  18. I am so upset because minutes before this incident took place I was trying to find a parking spot so that i could visit the marina figuring that it would be a safe place.i was unable to find a spot that I considered comfortable so I left and cautiously proceeded home.The streets were filled with young persons who had eggs and rocks in their hands.Of course I contacted the Police,went home clicked on this site and got the horrible news.I am still quite shaken as the marina is one of my favorite spots because of its security.I now demand that the Minister of National Security give we the mob someone for the gallows he said he had five so one right now is needed to quiet the Bahamian people.And Rev Hulan Hanna stop lying to Bahamians by telling them that khaki would have been on the streets in all areas,I saw none.

  19. Only the Grace of God can save this Country now. The repercussions of this are likely to be far reaching, and will not bode well for our people.

  20. @N C L Smith
    You have an officer and security shot and we don’t know their condition. We have the most popular tourist attraction in the country invaded and and raped last night, and all you can think of is the messanger instead of the message. Is politics all that drives you. I think we should be focused on the victims and their family. Are you a ****** moron. I pray God be with the victims and their family and our country especially with idiots like you. We are officially in a state of emergency. God be with our country.

  21. SO Bahamas Press qoutes Sidney Stubbs, how wicked … Sidney Stubss is a criminal himself and should never be in the public eye NO MORE…

    @@@@ I shame my head with shame at BP.. there were many crediable and honest Bahamians there and you have the nerve to qoute Sidney Stubbs…

    God was not pleased..

  22. Bahamians reviled and teased mr.FORBES about his statements at the PLP convention about ms.BRIDGEWATER being found not guilty,however i still believe that prime minister INGRAHAM made the MOST STUPID,UNINTELLIGENT AND NON SENSICAL DECLARATION EVER IN BAHAMIAN POLITICAL HISTORY.The statement was,”THE CRIMINALS ARE TARGETING AND KILLING EACH OTHER,LAW ABIDING CITIZENS HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR.”The sad thing was ONLY BAHAMAS PRESS CONDEMNED THE PRIME MINISTER ABOUT THIS UNFORTUNATE STATEMENT,NO OTHER SECTOR OF THE MEDIA OR RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY HAD THE COURAGE TO CONFRONT THE PRIME MINISTER ABOUT HIS LOOSE LIPS RUNNING OFF WITHOUT RECEIVING ANY THOUGHTS FROM HIS BRAIN.

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