Crime

Man dies after gas station stabbing

  • Man stabbed: The scene at the Rubis gas station on South Shore Road after a man died of stab wounds (Photograph Sarah Lagan)
  • Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers guard the scene of a fatal stabbing at the Rubis gas station on Warwick’s South Shore Road (Picture Sarah Lagan)
  • Man stabbed: The scene at the Rubis gas station on South Shore Road after a man died of stab wounds (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Man stabbed: The scene at the Rubis gas station on South Shore Road after a man died of stab wounds (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Man stabbed: The scene at the Rubis gas station on South Shore Road after a man died of stab wounds (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Man stabbed: The scene at the Rubis gas station on South Shore Road after a man died of stab wounds (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A man died tonight after he was stabbed several times at a gas station.

Police said the 22-year-old man was rushed to hospital after the incident which took place at about 7.15pm at the Rubis station on South Shore Road, Warwick, but doctors were unable to save him.

The gas station was tonight sealed off as police examined the scene.

A police spokesman said officers were examining CCTV footage covering the area.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith, who is leading the murder probe, said it was too early to say if the murder was gang-related or if it was related to other incidents in St George’s, Smith’s and Pembroke yesterday.

The death followed a battle at John Smith’s Bay between groups of men and the shooting and wounding of a man at the Unfinished Church in St George’s over the holiday weekend.

A police investigation was also launched after shots were heard in the Middletown area of Pembroke at about 11pm last night.

Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said on Facebook tonight that the police service was aware of a video of the gas station incident in circulation on social media and appealed to people not to share it.

He added: “I am both shocked and angry with what has taken place across a weekend that should be a time to celebrate the best of Bermuda and for families and friends to be together, not least in recognition of what has been achieved in addressing the threat of Covid-19.

“Yet the actions of a small minority, without any care for their community or anyone else’s lives but their own, have acted abhorrently and this is an affront to us all.”

Police, firefighters and Royal Bermuda Regiment were at the gas station last night, along with Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security.

Mr Caines said: “This is the fourth critical incident that we have had in the last four days. We have to be outraged when we see these things happening in our community.

“The police commissioner is rallying the senior staff of the Bermuda Police Service and they will make a strong community response.

“I am outraged that as a community we do not understand the sanctity of life.”

He added: “I will go into the affected areas and let them know that the Government of Bermuda support them. Our department has activated a crisis response team that will go to the families and will make sure they are provided comfort and support.

“We fought hard last year to make sure that we would not have any murders within a year, We can not go backwards.”

Witnesses or anyone with information that could help the inquiry should contact Acting Chief Inspector Kenten Trott on 717-2345 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number at 800-8477.