Detective Inspector Peter Charlemagne and Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield at a Police press conference on Monday. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
Detective Inspector Peter Charlemagne and Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield at a Police press conference on Monday. *Photo by Raymond Hainey

MONDAY, JAN. 9: Two men were arrested today in connection with the gun murder of a 24-year-old Pembroke man last night.

Detective Inspector Peter Charlemagne said a 25-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of premeditated murder and a 39-year-old man had also been taken into custody on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Stefan Burgess, 24, of Pembroke, was gunned down in the area’s The Glebe Road around 9pm on Sunday. He died of his injuries at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital later last night.

Another 24-year-old man from Devonshire, who has not been named, was also shot, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Mr Burgess, the father of an infant child, is the first gun murder victim this year.

Assistant Commissioner David Mirfield, a UK expert on gangs, said that police feared a “tit for tat” cycle of shootings had begun.

He said: “This is the first gun-related murder for nine months. Firearms offences have reduced considerably over the last few months.”

But he added: “We have seen over the holiday period that incidents of gun violence have started to escalate.”

Mr Mirfield said that extra officers – both armed and unarmed – were deployed over the holiday period and police would remain on a heightened state of alert.

He added: “We will continue to use all lawful methods to reduce gang-activity, including stop-and-search and road blocks.

“I cannot say for certain this was a gang-related shooting, but the likelihood is gang affiliations may have played a part.”

He added that the shooting appeared “targeted” on either the house the men were near or the men themselves.

But he said: “We must remain open-minded as to the motives.”

DI Charlemagne said a full murder inquiry has been launched by the Serious Crimes Unit and the scene was still closed off as officers combed the scene.

He added that police are anxious to speak to anyone who saw two men on a motorbike in the North Shore Road/The Glebe Road area between 8:30pm and 9:15pm on Sunday.

DI Charlemagne said the two men were wearing dark clothing, with dark helmets with tinted visors.

Mr Mirfield added that CCTV cameras in the area were also be examined for clues, but declined to comment on whether the shooting was linked to an earlier incident in which Mr Burgess was linked to a fight.

He said: “Things can escalate very quickly and that’s what concerns us.”

Mr Mirfield added: “Violence has occurred in this area in the past. There are other areas, but that part of Pembroke is a place we know violent acts have taken place.”