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Man escapes attempted shooting in Road Town

A section of Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. File photo

A section of Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. File photo

A man, whose name is being withheld, has survived an attempt on his life close to the heart of the British Virgin Islands capital today, March 11.

He was at a car rental business in Road Town shortly after noon when a gunman reportedly aimed a weapon at him.

The gun seemingly jammed, and the would-be shooter fled the area.

The police, who were summoned to the scene, have confirmed that no shot was fired and no one was injured.

Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews, along with other cops, visited the area after the attempted shooting was reported.

It is at least the second attempt on the would-be victim’s life, residents said.

That incident comes a day after two people lost their lives under what appears to be violent circumstances in the British Virgin Islands.

Ashburn Dawson died after a shooting incident near the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town last night, while the body of Alston Penn was found on Windy Hill road early yesterday morning. Penn’s body is said to have a number of injuries.

Earlier this year, businessman Franklyn Fahie became the territory’s first murder victim when he was shot in a bar he operated in the Long Look area of Tortola.

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