Shot Dead: Aquil Richardson.
Shot Dead: Aquil Richardson.
A Camp Hill Road resident has told how he rushed a bleeding man shot outside his house to hospital while another, Aquil Richardson, lay dead, shot in the head, in his front yard.

The man, who asked not to be identified, was lying on his bed at around 9pm on Boxing Day when he heard five gunshots go off outside his window in the Southampton neighbourhood.

He told us: "I got up and tried to go outside but people were trying to run into my house. I saw one guy had been shot in the leg so I took him to hospital.

"There was a lot of blood. My son came with me and he tried to keep talking to him to keep him alive. We saved his life."

The injured man, reported to be a 25-year-old from Warwick, is recovering in hospital.

The double shooting on Boxing Day followed a shooting at around 12.20am on Christmas Day, also on Camp Hill. That victim, a 24 year-old man from Pembroke, is still in hospital. The shootings all happened within a 20-yard radius.

Witnesses say two men wearing masks on a motorbike committed the Boxing Day shootings.

Residents yesterday were reluctant to talk about Mr. Richardson, a 30-year-old from Southampton and the father of at least three children.

However, we were told by multiple sources that he was well known to the police. He was due to face firearm charges in Supreme Court early next year. In 2005 he was charged with assault and possessing a baseball bat as an offensive weapon, which he denied.

The triple shooting comes less than two months after an anti-violence march through Hamilton organized by Marsha Jones, the mother of Shaundae Jones, shot four years ago in Dockyard.

She told us yesterday that she knew Mr. Richardson and his mother and was stunned by the shootings. Shaundae was actually in Mr. Richardson's car when he was shot.

Mrs. Jones told us: "I know his momma quite well. I've spoken to her and she's in shock. She's just trying to keep busy. We're all in a state of shock. Another child. When will these black children stop killing each other?"

Mrs. Jones, who was battling through another Christmas without her own son and thinking about what would have been his 25th birthday on January 16, said she didn't know too much about Mr. Richardson's personal life but said: "He always treated me with the greatest respect. He always told me if I needed anything to give him a call.

"It makes no sense. They don't even realize they are killing each other.

"The child has lost his life and the family has got to go through the torture of a funeral."

Mrs. Jones said: "I will try and be the best friend I can be to her [Mrs. Richardson]. She has been very good to me through my suffering."

There was a large police presence at the crime scene opposite the Limelight Barbershop yesterday. At one point a fire service crew showed up to flush away the remaining blood.

The man who lives at the house and who rushed one of the victims to hospital, then walked over and poured bleach over the area.

He and his wife were adamant that there would be more shootings unless people started telling the police what they know. Her nephew was Tekle Mallory, another young Bermudian who was murdered. Two men were arrested for his death but the case fell apart in court.

'It's going to continue'

She told us: "We're not really safe anywhere. People know they can get away with murder here. My nephew was murdered six years ago and it's going to continue."

Her husband added: "We've got to stop this senseless violence. I'm tired of all this crime; people have got to start speaking up. Contact the police and tell them what you know."

The man insisted that Bermuda has become too soft on crime and that it needs to "bring the death penalty back" otherwise it's going to be "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."

He said: "Why should we pay for them to be alive up at Westgate when someone is dead?"

Another resident, shaking her head, told us: "It's just not going to stop. What a way for the year to end just like this. It's getting so that you can't even sit outside your own house anymore and have a conversation.

"We don't really know how to feel right now. We are not really safe anywhere."

Lawyer Charles Richardson, who represented Aquil Richardson, but is no relation, told us increasing prison sentences isn't going to change anyone's behaviour. He says it's the community's responsibility as a whole to teach against violence.

He told us: "At the end of the day, the guy may not have had the most sterling behavioural record, but he was a human being.

"He was somebody's father and somebody's son and somebody has decided within 30 seconds to completely end his life over something trivial."