First murder of 2020 committed in St James
The western parish of St James, which has bleeding in recent years, is the first to record a murder in 2020 following the shooting death of a man in Lilliput on New Year's Day.
The victim has identified as 26-year-old Rohan McCarty, otherwise called 'Ratty' or 'Nine Vibes', an artiste of the community.
Reports are that about noon, McCarty was returning from a shop in Lilliput when an attacker drove up in a red Tiida motor car as he neared his home. He opened fire, hitting McCarty, multiple times before speeding away.
The wounded man was rushed to Falmouth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Three per cent clime
St James ended the year 2019 with a total of 155 murders. Murders islandwide climbed by more than three per cent last year when compared to 2018.
In the meantime, detectives attached to the Freeport Police Station are now awaiting a post-mortem result to determine the cause of death of a man, whose body was fished from the seas in the vicinity of the Pier One Harbour. The man's vehicle was discovered abandoned in the parking lot.
The dead man has been identified as Richard Anthony Rowe of Sunderland community, also in St James.
Reports are that about 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve, residents noticed a Toyota Probox motor car abandoned in the car park. Further checks led to the discovery of a body floating in the water.