OLYMPIC sprinter Shavez Hart was shot dead outside a nightclub after he reportedly tried to break up a fight.
The 29-year-old athlete was tragically gunned down in a club’s parking lot in the Bahamas on Saturday.
The Royal Bahamas Police said the fatal shooting happened around 2am in Mount Hope, North Abaco.
According to the report a fight between a group of men broke out in the parking lot.
One of those involved is said to have briefly left the scene but returned armed with a gun and opened fire, shooting Hart in the chest.
The Olympics star was taken to the Marsh Harbour Clinic where he was pronounced dead.
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A suspect has been arrested and taken into police custody while an investigation is underway.
The sprinter tragically passed away just days before his 30th birthday.
The Bahamas Olympic Committee has paid tribute to the sprinter in a statement.
It read: “The Olympic family is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Shavez Hart, a proud native of Abaco.
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“He was always very humble, yet proud and determined to offer the very best of himself for the sake of country.”
Hart’s mourning mum told the Nassau Guardian her son was caught in the middle of the fight.
She said: “He was such a good son – very quiet and always helpful.
“He did a lot of work in the community and was always trying to give back. I will certainly miss him.”
The country’s Prime Minister Philip Brave Davies paid his condolences in a tweet and said: “On behalf of my family and the people of The Bahamas, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Shavez Hart.
“As a country, we’ve been blessed to have had an amazing athlete carry our flag worldwide.
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“Ann and I will keep the family of Shavez in our thoughts and prayers.”
And the country’s Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg said: “It is with great sadness that I join in the sporting fraternity in expressing heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Shavez Hart.
Source: Athletics - thesun.co.uk