Mervin Bernard, a 28-year-old Campbell man is the ill-fated victim of yet another shooting death in Dominica, hours before his 29th birthday.
Information received by creditable police sources reveals that on the night of May 29, 2023, shortly after 10:00 p.m., Bernard was in Lalay Grand Bay when he received three gunshot wounds.
He was then transported to the Grand Bay Health Centre by personnel of the Fire and Ambulance Services where he was medically examined and referred to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital (DCFH) for further treatment.
However, whilst en route to the hospital, Bernard succumbed to his injuries and was officially pronounced dead on arrival by a medical doctor. Police sources further revealed to Dominica News Online (DNO), that witnesses on the scene reported that the gunshot wounds were allegedly inflicted upon the Campbell man by three individuals, two of whom were masked.
Since no arrest has been made thus far, the police are in search of the assailants who have not yet been identified.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, investigations are ongoing into the discovery of a baby found buried under a house at Union Estate Housing scheme in Point Mitchel.
An officer told DNO that at the time of the discovery on May 26, 2023, the body of a baby girl was wrapped in a plastic bag and buried in a shallow grave under a house.
Days prior to the unearthing of the baby, at the same house, on May 22, 26-year-old Sharonda Minette of Pointe Michel was found dead in her bathroom.
The police have not confirmed whether Minette was pregnant prior to her death, nor has her cause of death been determined.
Investigations into these matters are ongoing.