Jamaica corporate area on official lockdown
A 24-hour curfew was imposed in the Kingston Corporate area after six people were killed late yesterday.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – From 3 pm yesterday to 3 pm today (March 7) residents and businesses in the Corporate area community of Denham Town have had their comings and goings severely restricted.
That is because a 24-hour curfew was imposed in the in the volatile West Kingston area after six people, including a 13 year-old girl, were killed late Tuesday.
Director of Communications at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Karl Angell, said the six were killed during a "running and intense gun battle involving the police and criminals".
The police said three of those killed were wanted for various crimes in the Kingston Western and Kingston Central divisions, including murder and shooting with intent.
Angell said “the other three persons, including the lone female, are believed to have been killed during the course of the gun battle” and that four weapons - an AK-47 assault rifle, a .357 revolver, a 9mm pistol and a .22 pistol had been recovered.
The police said four of the six killed have been identified, with three of them known only by the aliases. They include an elderly man known as “George” and “Tete Rass” and Kiro”
The areas on lockdown are: Denham Town; Northern Boundary — North Street, between Bond Street and Regent Street; Eastern Boundary — Bond Street, between North Street and Spanish Town Road; Southern Boundary — Spanish Town Road, between Regent Street and Bond Street; and Western Boundary — Regent Street between North Street and Spanish Town Road.
Anyone in these areas have been advised that during the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the member of the security forces, who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.
However, this has not been sitting well with angry residents who have been claiming that the six deceased were killed in cold blood.
As a result, a team from the Independent Commission of Investigations has visited the area to process and collect forensic evidence. The agency's Chief Forensic Examiner, Hector Cammock said that officers involved in the police exercise would also be interviewed.
Anticipating a backlash, the JCF has advised its police to use all necessary force to protect themselves, their families, colleagues and government properties, particularly in the central parish of St Catherine and Clarendon and the western parish of St James.