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Mar 27, 2017

Selvin Bahadur Gunned Down on Jones Street

Selvin Bahadur

As the weekend came to a close, the fifth murder for the Old Capital occurred on Jones Street where a forty-year-old was gunned down in front of his gate. Selvin Bahadur was executed, shot to the forehead at the same spot his younger brother had been murdered months ago. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Shortly after ten o’clock on Sunday night, gunshots rang out on Jones Street, startling residents in the immediate vicinity who had already retired for the evening.  When they peeped outside to investigate, they discovered their neighbor lying on the ground motionless.  Forty-year-old Selvin Bahadur, as he was later identified, had been shot to the middle of his forehead.


Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, O.C., Eastern Division South

“Last night around ten p.m. thereabout, one Selvin Bahadur was riding a bicycle on Jones Street, St. Martin’s area when he was approached by a lone gunman who fired two shots at him, one of which caught him to the head.  He was taken to the K.H.M.H. and about an hour later he succumbed to his injuries.  The police are currently looking for one person of interest in respect to that matter and we are hoping that that person will be caught today and we should be able to arrest and charge that person in respect to the murder of Mr. Bahadur which took place last night.”


The irony, regrettably, is that Bahadur fell dead in front of his gate, the very location where his younger sibling was shot and killed almost eight months ago.


Voice of: Sister of Deceased

“Ih da wahn person weh ih noh fool wid nobody.  Dah from work to home, sih down eena di yaad, ih drink, ih noh go nowhere.  So we noh know weh dah di situation weh happen last night.”


Isani Cayetano

“What were you told in terms of where this happened and the number of shots fired?  What were you told of this incident?”


Voice of: Sister of Deceased

“Well dehn seh ih mi deh da di corna ah di lane di talk to di neighbor and ih tell di neighbor dat ih gwein home now, ih ready fi go sleep.  Di neighbor seh as ih ride off he hyah two gunshot and when ih peep out back, da Selvin deh pan di ground.”


Isani Cayetano

“Do you know where on his body he was fatally injured?”


Voice of: Sister of Deceased

“Ih head.  One headshot.  Di center ah ih forehead.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now this is the second murder that has claimed a member of your extended family.  The first was Michael.  Talk to us about how the family is dealing with this tragedy.”


Voice of: Sister of Deceased

“Well, we cyant tek it, da just eight months since Michael dead.  Now di big one gaan.  We cyant tek it.  We noh know how we wahn handle it.  Ih dead leff three pickney, two daughters, one son.”


According to ACP Chester Williams, there is an ongoing feud among rival groups within the community.


ACP Chester Williams

“There is a rivalry in the St. Martin’s area between the Backa Lands and the PIV crowd and we have been in that area.  We have stepped up our patrols.  We have put in additional patrols in that area with a view to try and curb the situation, but as the commissioner has said earlier, the elements in those areas do monitor the movement of the police and when the police move to one area then they take the opportunity to strike in another area.  So we are looking at other things that we’ll be doing.  We are in the process of installing some surveillance cameras and the St. Martin’s area will be the recipient of a number of surveillance cameras.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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