Crime Scene: It was all smiles and laughter at the Swinging Doors yesterday, two days after a triple shooting — a one-off, isolated incident, say owners. Photo by Nigel Regan
Crime Scene: It was all smiles and laughter at the Swinging Doors yesterday, two days after a triple shooting — a one-off, isolated incident, say owners. Photo by Nigel Regan
It was business as usual yesterday at the Swinging Doors, scene of Monday’s triple shooting.

The Court Street bar re-opened on Wednesday after police finished collecting forensic evidence. Reports of bullet holes in walls and bloody messes appear to be all talk though. All we saw yesterday were people hanging out, having a good time.

While the three victims continue to recover from shots to the lower body —?one, ‘Funk’ Burchall, was released from hospital on Tuesday —?and the police continue to quiz a 30 year-old man about the shootings, the bar’s owners are doing their best to put what happened into some kind of perspective.

Craig Nesbitt has worked at the bar for 16 years, starting out as the security manager. He’s been running it with two other people now for the past two years and insists it’s a “fun place” to hang out.

He said: “In people’s minds Swinging Doors looks like a dungeon or slaughterhouse, but it’s not like that. We have a high number of repeat customers, black and white who go from 18 right up to 80.”

Mr. Nesbitt, 40, said he couldn’t believe what happened on Monday. “ I just thought, ‘it can’t be,’” he said. “In the 16 years I’ve been here, we’ve never had a major incident — we have pretty much a clean sheet.”

He continued: “We have one of the best security set ups on the island —?and our record proves it. A one-off situation is a one-off situation. What happened could have happened anywhere.”

The facts of what did happen will come out in court. For the bar as a business, it’s about moving forward.

Mr. Nesbitt said: “Because of the area we are in, I would say people were not so much scared, but they’ve avoided coming here. Now, uptown business is thriving, government is putting a lot of money into the area; Court Street is on the up and up, regardless of what people say. Like it or not, it could replace Front Street as the place to be.”

Mr. Nesbitt, like most neighbourhood business owners, is working towards the street’s renaissance — and supports the use of CCTV cameras, which should be operational by the summer. “I’m all for them, they’ll help clean up the area a heck of a lot,” he said.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to call them on 299 4315 or on the confidential Crimestoppers Hotline 1-800-623-8477.

The victims who are still in hospital, believed to be Tanee Whitehead and Mikey Adams, were in a stable condition yesterday.