Police expect more arrests in Manderson killing

Police stopped passing motorists early Saturday morning in an effort to find new witnesses to the killing of Justin Manderson a week before. - Photo: Charles Duncan

Police descended on the Nectar nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning, exactly a week since Justin Manderson was gunned down near the club on West Bay Road.

More than a dozen police officers spent about two hours after midnight canvassing the area around Seven Mile Shops, talking to people who may have witnessed the shooting a week before.

They also set up a roadblock on West Bay Road in hopes of talking to people who may have been driving through the area around the time Mr. Manderson, 24, was shot.

A gunman killed Mr. Manderson a little before 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Police made two arrests in connection with the case last week, but Chief Detective Inspector Malcolm Kay said Saturday morning that he expects to make more arrests in the murder investigation.

Mr. Kay acknowledged the killing, the first in 2016, was “possibly gang related.” Mr. Manderson had previously faced charges related to gang and gun activity, but was never convicted.

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Officers arrested four people during the investigation last week, including two men on suspicion of murder in connection with the Manderson case. Officers also arrested a man and a woman in connection with drugs and ammunition found during police searches related to the murder inquiry.

The investigation is continuing, DCI Kay said. He added that he hoped the heavy police presence at the crime scene Saturday morning would help officers talk to witnesses who have not yet come forward.

Later on Saturday, police spokeswoman Jaqueline Carpenter said, “The exercise was a success and we did receive a good response from the public and also received some new information which we are following up on.”

Mr. Manderson was found gravely wounded on the sidewalk along West Bay Road at Seven Mile Shops shortly before 2 a.m. on Oct. 1. He died at the hospital less than an hour later.

Officers on West Bay Road stopped cars driving by Seven Mile Shops between about 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., asking drivers if they passed by a week earlier at about the same time. Police did not say if they found any new witnesses from the canvass and roadblock.

This is not the first time the area has been the scene of violent crime. Police are also investigating shots being fired in the parking lot in the early hours of Sept. 17. An arrest has been made in connection with that case. Almost a year ago, a man was stabbed in the parking lot outside of the nightclub, and in December of last year, there was a brawl that police called “multiple fights,” outside of the club, sending one woman to the hospital.

Ms. Carpenter said police had increased their presence around Nectar and other nightclubs. She said police and other agencies were scrutinizing nightclubs and other nighttime hot spots more, making sure security guards were properly licensed and buildings complied with fire codes.

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