SATURDAY, DEC, 5: A man was shot and killed in the early hours of this morning, the latest in a string of violent gun crimes in recent months.

Around 5am police responded to a report of gunshots in the St. Monica's Mission area of Pembroke. When police responded they found a 30-year-old Pembroke man with several gunshots wounds.

He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Police say the incident may be gang related with Superintendent Antoine Daniels telling ZBM News that he's hoping that things won't escalate in a 'tit for tat" war between rival gangs.

Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Col. David Burch said: "First and foremost, my thoughts go out to the victim's friends and family.

"This morning, I like the rest of Bermuda awoke to the sad and shocking news that a man had been gunned down while we slept.

"I have had a full report from the Police. However in circumstances such as this, I believe it important to renew my call for members of the public, particularly in the St. Monica's Road area, that if they heard anything this morning or know anything about this latest incident to please come forward and assist the Police in their efforts of solving this crime.

"I am assured that the Police will work around the clock to bring the individual or individuals to justice. However they need the cooperation of the public."

In May of this year Kenwandee Robinson was murdered in the same St. Monica's Mission's area of Pembroke as this latest death, and Robinson's death led to what police described as gang related shootings on Court Street that sent four others to the hospital.

Just last month a man and woman were shot outside of Southside Cinema. No one has been charged with that crime.

Police said they already had a significant Police presence in this neighbourhood and others where there is a potential for inter-gang violence.

In addition, police have specialist officers at the scene from the Serious Crime Unit, Forensic Support Unit and Community Actions Teams to assist with the active investigation into the shooting.

United Bermuda Party chairman Jefferson Sousa said on his Facebook page: It is very sad every time we lose one of our people. We must educate our youth that a life of crime does not pay and that the end result is a life in prison or in this case death. There are choices to be made in life. Each one of us when we wake up in the morning we have a choice to do good or evil."

Police are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or anyone with any information to contact Inspector Calvin Smith on 295-0011. Also, anyone with any information about the shooting is encouraged to call the confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477 or submit an anonymous tip via the Crime Stoppers Bermuda website at www.crimestoppers.bm