Carnival gun was licensed

| 07/05/2014

(CNS): The weapon seized by police officers investigating the firing of a gun during the Batabano Carnival at the weekend say that the gun they recovered was a licensed firearm but they have yet to verify whether it was the one used by the alleged shooter.Twenty-nine-year old Todd Bowen from Prospect has been charged with attempted murder, unlawful use of a firearm and possession of an unlicensed firearm in connection with the incident in which he allegedly fired a gun on a crowded street during the festivities on Saturday at around 7pm. However a gun recovered from his home during a police search in the wake of the shooting is a licensed weapon though sources tell CNS it is not licensed to Todd Bowen but to a relative.

Police say they have yet to verify if the weapon they seized during the search is the weapon Bowen is believed to have used but as at least one bullet was fired at a tree in the area police have the means of identifying the weapon used in an incident which unnerved the community.
Although no one was hurt in the shooting the fact that it was fired on a very busy street in downtown George town in the area of Dr Roy’s drive and Edward Street as residents and visitors were out enjoying the carnival raised concerns for the police who are still trying to find more witnesses.

The senior investigating officer DCI Malcolm Kay said the number of people in the vicinity at the time of the shooting means that there must be more witness still out there  that saw what happened and he is urging them to come forward in confidence.

Anyone that thinks they can help with information regarding the discharging of the weapon is asked to contact DCI Kay or DC Andrew Graham at the George Town CID at 949-4222, or to remain anonymous to call Crime Stoppers 800-8477(TIPS).

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