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.”
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.
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