A 29-year-old man was gunned down in broad daylight on St. Monica’s Road yesterday, sparking angry scenes in the community.

Groups of residents hurled abuse and obscenities at police as officers arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area.

The local man was shot just outside Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy as children played in the street after school.

The gunman is believed to have opened fire from the back of a motorbike before speeding off from the scene.

The second shooting in less than six hours sparked angry scenes among members of the St. Monica’s community.

Earlier in the day at 11:30am shots rang out near the First Church of God in North Shore Road, Pembroke.

The gunman was on the back of a bike when he opened fire and hit a parked car. No one was hurt in the shooting – but just minutes later a few streets away a man on a motorbike was seen wielding a gun. This incident took place at 11:40am in the Parkside stronghold of Court Street in the back of town.

Later in the afternoon, violence erupted in rival gang, 42’s, patch near St. Monica’s Mission.

When police arrived at the scene they were greeted by dozens of local residents shouting obscenities and hurling abuse at them.

Anger and tension continued to escalate as the scene was cordoned off by officers and St. Monica’s Road was blocked off.

Reporters and cameramen also bore the brunt of the anger and were warned to leave the area by groups of men.

Other residents watched on in stunned silence as police guarded the scene.

It is believed that a police patrol car was parked close to the scene of the shooting when the gunmen opened fire.

The 29-year-old victim was rushed to hospital in a private car with gun shot wounds.

Last night he was said to be in a serious condition in King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

Police said the day’s three firearms incidents bore the hallmarks of tit-for-tat gang violence.

Deputy Commissioner Dave Mirfield told the Bermuda Sun: “We are obviously looking at the possibility that all three firearms incidents are connected.

“It is too early to say for sure at the moment. I am working on the hypothesis that this is tit-for-tat shootings between rival gangs and I would appeal for calm in the community.

“It is totally understandable that these incidents have left people in the community feeling nervous and scared.

“We will be significantly increasing our presence in these areas within the next 24 hours to try and provide some reassurance to the public.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information about any of the firearm incidents to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 295-0011. Witnesses or anyone with any information is encouraged to call the independent, confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline at 800-8477.