Jamaica police report three killed including teen in weekend violence

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday October 14, 2013, CMC – Violence erupted in the western parish of St James once again on the weekend resulting in the death of three persons including a teenager.

The police report that the deadly attack by gunmen took place on Sunday close to the Spring Mountain Police Station in the parish shortly after  2 p.m. local time when two gunmen , posing as customers entered a supermarket and shortly after explosions were heard .

The gunmen fled and four men were found suffering from gunshot wounds. One died on the spot while the others were taken to hospital. Two, including the teenager, died while being treated and the other person was treated and released.

This is the latest in a strong of murders plaguing the western parish in recent weeks.

“The parish is hemorrhaging from the number of shootings and also the hospital resources are being stretched unnecessarily because of gunmen who have literally waged war on the citizens in the parish,” said Henry McCurdy, a businessman in the tourist capital of Montego Bay .

“There are a number of companies that are being forced to find additional resources to transport staff whenever late or early morning shifts are required, because their staff members are afraid to leave their homes,” McCurdy told the Jamaica Gleaner.

In another incident two men were reportedly shot in the community of  Mount Salem area during a four-hour power outage on Saturday.

Last Thursday, the violence also claimed the life of policeman  who  was killed execution style by unknown assailants at his home.

Earlier this month, the main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) criticised the Portia Simpson Miller administration over its handling of the crime situation as the island recorded yet another increase in murders.

Official crime figures by the police showed that for the period January 1 and September 28 this year, 884 people were murdered as compared to 839 for the same period last year.

Police said that 693 of those murders were gang related while 175 were classified as domestic and non-gang related murders. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)