Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Henry calls for ZOSO or other high-security measure to ‘cool’ May Pen

Mike Henry

Mike Henry

The Government has been urged to seriously considering imposing a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) or similarly impactful security measures to quell a spate of vicious murders and gun attacks in general in May Pen and its environs.

Speaking with Loop News on Sunday after a brazen mid-afternoon shooting in the town’s market on Saturday, Central Clarendon MP, Mike Henry said the present situation just “cannot be allowed to continue for much longer, with the security forces, as presently deployed, clearly being unable to bring about any real control of the gun attacks all around.”

The Cabinet minister said he would again be officially bringing the matter to the attention of the national security minister, having done so in the not too distant past in respect of the previous holder of the national security portfolio.

Henry called on citizens of the town to co-operate with the police to help contain the situation as he seeks to “get the kind of security attention that this growing problem now clearly requires”.

Information on the ground is that migrant criminals are believed to be heavily involved in the noticeable increase in shootings in and around the town, which last week included the killing of at least two businessmen in separate incidents.

Saturday’s major shooting caused widespread panic in the market.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), reported that persons were at a section of the facility at about 3:40 p.m. when a man approached them and started shooting wildly.

The shooting sent people in the market in general running for cover, and when the gunfire ended, it was discovered that six persons had been shot.

They injured persons were taken to the May Pen Hospital, where some were admitted for treatment in serious but stable conditions, and others were treated and released.

The police said some of the victims received multiple gunshot wounds, with as many as four wounds in one case.

The May Pen police are probing the incident, as well as a slew of fatal gun attacks in and around the town in recent times, including at least three within a two-day period last week.

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