The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) has launched a murder investigations, following the discovery of a young, lifeless, male body in the Friswell’s Hill area.

Indications are that the man had been shot, although police were reluctant to reveal how many bullet wounds had been identified.

Reports are that several gunshots were heard overnight in the Friswell’s Hill vicinity and it is believed that it was the night-time volley of gunfire that resulted in the man’s death.

”At approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon the Bermuda Police Service service received several 911 calls about a body being found in the Friswell’s Hill area,” explained Inspector Jason Smith during an afternoon media conference, held in the vicinity of the crime. “Police officers attended to the location, where they confirmed the discovery and, as a result of that, we have now launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the male’s body.

“And based on our inquiries conducted so far, that area residents in particular, last night might have heard gunshots in this particular area.

“We are specifically appealing today to members of our community, those that live in this neighbourhood and the surrounding areas. That, if you heard any gunshots last night or in the early hours of this morning or if you have seen any suspicious activity, whether it be with motorcycles or persons congregating, we are appealing today and asking that you make contact with us, so that we can advance this investigation and get to the complete circumstances surrounding the discovery of the male body.”

Inspector Smith noted the inquiry to be at an infant stage, thus a reluctance to release specifics of the matter, except to note that the body of a young man had been found and that the belief was that he was murdered.

Also at the scene was Minster of National Security Michael Weeks, who extended condolences on behalf of the governments, reiterated Smith’s call for people to come forward with informaton that may assist the investigations, while also appealing for calm in the wake of the discovery.

The Minister was at a bit of a loss however, when asked by a reporter if such appeals were falling on deaf ears.

“It’s a tough question,” said the Minister. “For you to say that the message is not getting through is something that I really can’t answer.

“We will continue doing what we’re saying, that we’re doing, while appealing for calm and coming up with a strategy in that, hopefully, we can have calm.”

Any members of the public who have information regarding the incident are asked to call the emergency reporting number 911 or the non-emergency reporting number 211, or to contact crime stoppers at 800 8477.

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