A gunman was arrested seconds after he shot and wounded another man in Pembroke, police said yesterday.
Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said he was “extremely angry” at the “selfish” behaviour of gun criminals who tied up the emergency services as the island concentrated on the Covid-19 crisis.
He added: “It doesn’t help when we are called to deal with such matters.”
Mr Corbishley appealed for people who could influence the offenders to try and restore calm.
Mr Corbishley added: “As commissioner, I have very little influence on their behaviour, if at all. There are people that do.”
He added: “We ask sincerely that there is a stop to this kind of behaviour, a stop to the fallout and resorting to the use of serious violence, particularly firearms.
“We need calm so we can get on with what we have got to do, which is to protect the health of Bermuda.”
Mr Corbishley was speaking after a 35-year-old man was shot in the arm at the junction of Two Way Deepdale Road and Parsons Road at about 11pm on Tuesday.
The victim was taken by ambulance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening.Police said a lone gunman was believed to be responsible for the crime, and that a potential witness was thought to have been with the victim when he was shot.
Mr Corbishley said a police armed response vehicle was close to the scene of the attack and the suspect was arrested within “seconds” of the shooting.
He added: “There are, thankfully, a small number of people in our community who resort to such violence and their acts not only are criminal but they are selfish to the whole fabric of Bermuda.
“They take away our resources to address matters that we should be actually focusing on — the health of our island.”
Wayne Caines, the national security minister, said last night that he could not confirm a link between the shooting and an earlier stabbing incident.
Mr Caines said: “While I cannot say that there is a link because this matter is being investigated by the Bermuda Police Service, I can tell you that we’re deeply concerned with the rise in violence over the last couple of days.”
A police spokesman said: “Quick action by police officers resulted in a person of interest in connection with this incident being taken into custody. That person is now assisting police with their inquiries.”
Anyone who can help the police inquiry should call Detective Chief Inspector Arthur Glasford at 247-1174 or Detective Sergeant Jason Smith of the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1128.
Information can also be passed on through the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477.