Fearful residents call for stronger police presence in East Kingston
Residents who live in sections of East Kingston are calling on the police to increase their numbers in the division to clamp down on criminals who are locked in a deadly feud in the area.
The conflict, according to residents, have claimed the lives of at-least three persons and left more than 10 persons injured in the past three to four weeks and is threatening to escalate even further.
“We have heard the authorities saying they are monitoring sections of East Kingston but based on what we are experiencing we want to see even more police and soldiers going after these criminals who are wreaking havoc in the area,” one resident who lives close to Pleasant Heights, a section of Mountain View told Loop News.
The resident asked that her name not to be published out of fear of possible reprisal.
The resident claimed that in the last 24 hours there have been at-least three shooting incidents in and around that community.
“We no hear of no one killed in the latest attacks but what we are finding out is that as soon as it reaches close to 5:00 p.m. the shootings can be heard,” said another resident.
Residents have also issued a call for motorists to exercise caution when travelling in the mentioned area.
Calls for increased police presence come just days after a 23-year-old labourer was attacked and shot dead in another section of the volatile division.
Police report that the victim Donte Morgan of McIntyre Villa, Kingston 16, was sitting on the side of the road in the McIntyre Villa (Dunkirk) on Thursday when he was gunned down.
Reports are that about 6: 15 p.m. Morgan was sitting with a group of men in the Red Square section of the community, when they were attacked by gunmen who opened fire hitting Morgan several times.
The attackers then made their escape from the community.
Morgan was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The police said since the attack, they have been getting reports about a number of other shootings in the area.
It is not clear if these attacks are related to the shooting incident involving Morgan.
The attacks come less than three weeks after five people were shot - two fatally - during another violent flare-up in the area.
The police reported then that in the first of three incidents, at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, a number of persons were standing in the Brydon Street area of the Kingston Eastern Police Division, when a group of men walked up and brandished guns.
Reports are that the men opened fire, hitting two men in the process.
The attackers then fled the scene.
The injured men were rushed to hospital, where they were admitted for treatment.
The police said three hours later, another group of men went to a neighboring section of Brae Street and opened fire at a group of persons, before also fleeing the area.
Two men were subsequently found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were rushed to hospital, where one succumbed to his injuries.
The deadly skirmishes did not end there.
Police reported that about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 19, they received reports that explosions were heard on Shoe Lane.
A team of officers went to investigate, and during a search, the bullet-riddled body of a man was found in a house.
The police said the series of attacks was then the latest in a longstanding feud between rival gangs in the area. Now there are even fresher attacks in an extension of the gang-related problems in the area.