Friday 18 October, 2019

4 shot, 1 fatally, in Clarendon hours after security minister’s tour

The bloodletting continued in Clarendon on Friday night hours after National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, toured sections of the parish and a commitment to providing more resources to the security forces in the parish in the future. 

On Friday night, a man was shot dead and three others shot and injured at a shop in Coco Piece in upper Clarendon.

The deceased has been identified as 27-year-old Jermaine Walters of Wood Hall in the parish.

Preliminary reports are that sometime after 8:00 p.m., the four men were gambling at a shop in Coco Piece, when an armed man entered the establishment.

The man then opened gunfire, hitting the men, before fleeing the scene.

The injured men were assisted to the hospital, where Walters was pronounced dead.

The conditions of the three wounded men, who remained hospitalised, are not known at this time.

The Clarendon police are probing the shooting incident.

Meanwhile, earlier on Friday, Chang toured sections of Central and South East Clarendon and met with stakeholders and residents. He assured them that the police in the parish remain motivated in tackling the crime problem.

He cited, as well, that May Pen has been at the centre of criminal activities in the parish.

A 25-year-old private of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Allan Oswald, was shot and killed and two others injured when gunmen carried out an attack near May Pen on Sunday, June 23.

Reports are that about 8:10 p.m., Oswald went to the Woodside community to visit family members.

After the visit, it is reported that he went to a garage, and while there, men drove up on a motorcycle, pulled guns and opened fire.

Oswald and two other persons at the garage were shot several times. They were rushed to the hospital, where Oswald was pronounced dead and the others were treated for their injuries.

While recognising that Clarendon requires more police personnel, Chang told the residents and business interests that the entire police force is short by 4,000 officers across the territorial divisions. He, however, signalled his commitment to placing more personnel in Clarendon.

"Right now we have a platoon of soldiers and special operations team added to the Clarendon area to bring some significant improvement, but in the long-run, we have to put more officers; that will take time to train and expand," Chang indicated.

He said by September of this year, the Jamaica Eye programme is to be activated, and additional motor vehicles are to be provided to support the work of the security forces in tackling crime not only in Clarendon, but nationally.

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