Director of News at Eyewitness News in The Bahamas, Genea Noel, says the murder of politician Don Saunders has sent shockwaves through the country.

Saunders, the Chairman of the main opposition Free National Movement in The Bahamas, was shot and killed Wednesday night during an armed robbery outside a club in Gambier Village.

Saunders was Member of Parliament for the constituency of Tall Pines and was a former Deputy Speaker of the Bahamian House of Assembly.

Speaking on Nationwide This Morning, Ms. Noel says crime in Gambier, a popular hang out spot, is rare.

Eyewitness reports are that two armed, masked men men entered the club and ordered patrons to hand over their cash and valuables. The patrons reportedly panicked and ran in different directions.

The gunmen reportedly fired several shots at the patrons before fleeing themselves. When the shooting stopped, it was discovered that Saunders was shot in the back.

Police Commissioner, Clayton Fernander said when police arrived on the scene shortly after 9 pm, they found Saunders’ body lying face down on the ground.

This is the 35th murder in The Bahamas since the start of the year.

Ms. Noel says gang violence accounts for the bulk of that number.

Genea Noel, Director of News at Eyewitness News in The Bahamas.