MONDAY, JUNE 25: The fatal shooting of Joshua Robinson on Saturday is being treated as gang related, police confirmed this afternoon.
Mr Robinson, 31, was murdered at Jason’s Barbershop at around 5:20pm by a single gunman.
Today police revealed that the shooter entered the barbershop and fired ‘multiple’ shots at Mr Robinson before fleeing the scene with an accomplice who was waiting on a motorbike outside.
Both men were wearing dark clothing as well as motorcycle helmets with tinted visors.
Mr Robinson, who was a father, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Pedro said police had arrested one person in the hours after the shooting, but the individual had been released after being eliminated from inquiries
He added: “The accounts given to us so far suggest the bike was dark silver in colour and it was a step through cycle.
“The culprits left the scene along North Shore Road.”
DCI Pedro confirmed that police had later seized a bike from the Spanish Point area but had not yet determined whether it was the one used in the shooting.
He added: “Detectives have spoken with witnesses that were inside the shop at the time of the murder, and also with persons in the immediate area.
“However, we are still very much interested in speaking with people that may have seen anything of note in the area of the shooting either before, at or after the actual time of the shooting.”
Superintendant Antoine Daniels admitted it was ‘quite frightening’ that the shooting happened in broad daylight in a public place.
He said: “Although these numbers represent a decrease in firearms incidents overall, this weekend’s shooting demonstrates the negative impact a single incident has on the community as a whole, especially when we consider Mr. Robinson was a young man who was in the prime of his life, a father, son, brother and friend.
“We in the Bermuda Police Service recognize that often there are increased levels of concern and anxiety within the community when senseless acts like the shooting on Saturday occur, especially when you couple this with the regularity of these firearms incidents since 2009.
“However, we remain committed to identifying the persons responsible for carrying out these senseless & violent acts and will continue our robust approach to targeting guns, gangs and anti-social behaviour.”
The murder enquiry is being headed by Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro, and members of the Serious Crime Unit can be contacted directly on 247-1340 and 247-1739 or the main police number 295-0011.
Alternatively, people can also contact the confidential and independent Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477 (TIPS). Any and all information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.