Monday 10 December, 2018

Couple killed at home in latest gun attack in May Pen

File photo

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A man and his common-law wife were shot and killed by gunmen in the parish of Clarendon on Thursday.

Reports are that about 9:30 p.m., the man and his common-law wife, who were still unidentified up to press time, were at home in the Canaan Heights community in May Pen, when a group of armed thugs went to the premises, kicked opened the door, and opened fire, hitting the couple.

The attackers then escaped from the area.

The police were called to the location, and the man and the woman were found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were rushed to hospital, where they were both pronounced dead.

The incident made it three gun attacks within two days in May Pen, with two victims before, including another fatality.

In an attack on Wednesday, a man identified as Easton Gardner, otherwise called ‘Yellow’, of Threadlight district, was shot and killed in that community

A day later, another resident of the town was attacked and shot in the Sevens Road area.

The police said they were checking to see if the Sevens Road shooting was a reprisal for the shooting of Gardener, which was being speculated.

Continuing gun attacks in the parish capital have triggered a call from Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Clarendon, Mike Henry, for the police and military to significantly increase their presence in the town to clamp down on what he described as a growing problem.

Henry on Thursday said the continued shootings and reprisals had triggered a high level of unease for citizens of the town, and he was calling on the national security leaders to strategise to bring the situation under control.

He said that based on where the situation was with shootings in the town, he felt it was simply a matter of enough is enough.

“It is more than time enough to put this problem to rest through strong action to bring back peace and calm to the general community,” Henry said.

He added that he intended to correspond with National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, to hopefully “get some consideration going towards the formulation of the necessary security arrangements to bring the problem of gang conflicts in the area under control.”

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