An early morning triple murder in the tough sub Kew Town Community of Dock Yard on Tuesday, has shot the Turks and Caicos Islands murder toll for 2022 to a record 28.
A child, according to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, is among the latest dead. Another child was said to have been admitted to hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds.
According to the police, initial reports are that at about 6:57a.m., multiple calls were placed to the Police Control Room that two adults – a male and female, along with a child were bleeding heavily from gunshot wounds in Dock Yard.
Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Officers were dispatched to the scene, and on their arrival, found the lifeless bodies o the adults. The child, who was alive was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center for treatment.
However, a later update by the police notified that a body of another child was found at the scene.
Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting who visited the scene said: “The callous actions of these criminals have left a child seriously injured and two people dead. My officers are working assiduously to catch the perpetrators of this heinous act.
“Based on intelligence information received thus far, the actions have been confined to Dock Yard district of the TCI. This incident is contained and there is no immediate danger to other people. I am once again urging people who know anything about either attack to tell us or used crime Crimestoppers to tell us what you know.”
The latest shooting, the first triple murder on record, according to a police source, is the latest in another flare-up of bloodletting since strong reinforcements from the Bahamas and the United Kingdom over the past three weeks have been secured.
A woman was shot and injured on Sunday in the Millennium Heights community on Sunday after the can in which she was travelling with another individual was ambushed as the vehicle negotiated a speedbump.
On Monday, a man was shot to death in the ‘Phase One’ housing settlement off Millennium Highway. It is unclear whether the police have any leads from those two shootings. It is also not clear if the police are following any leads from Tuesday’s massacre.
In the meantime, the police is appealing to the public to notify the closest police station or to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-8477 and give any information of any illegal activity.