Friday 30 October, 2020

More crime stalks Parry Town, St Ann with shooting of man at shop

File photo of a crime scene.

File photo of a crime scene.

The St Ann police are probing Friday's brazen daylight killing of a man at a shop in Parry Town just outside the resort town of Ocho Rios.

The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Shamor Pinnock of Parry Town.

It is reported that about 7.30 am, Pinnock was sitting at a shop in the area when he was pounced upon by a gunman who opened fire, hitting Pinnock multiple times.

The gunman then fled the scene.

The police were alerted and Pinnock was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Ocho Rios and Parry Town have been the epicentre of two double murders since April, leaving some residents and business interests in the areas concerned about crime in the general community.

More than a week ago, pandemonium erupted in Ocho Rios when a gunman sprayed two men with bullets at the market, resulting in their deaths and sending residents scampering for safety in fear of being hit in the hail of bullets.

The deceased were later identified as 26-year-old Andy Reid, alias 'Fry Eye', and Ivan Williams, popularly known as 'Bigga', a cook shop operator, both of St Ann addresses.

Police reports stated that on Wednesday, May 6 at about 3pm, the men were at a cook shop at the entrance to the Ocho Rios market, when they were accosted by an armed man.

The gunman opened fire, hitting the two men several times, before escaping.

A video was circulated on social media with one of the wounded men lying on the ground with bullet wounds and in severe pain.

The wounded men were eventually transported to hospital, where they died while being treated.

That shooting incident is still under investigation by detectives in the parish.

On Holy Thursday, April 9, two men were shot dead at a shop in Parry Town, a community where several violent gun murders have occurred throughout the years.

The victims of the double killing were later identified as 21-year-old Shanardo Gaynor, and 29-year-old Omar Beckford, both of Parry Town.

Reports stated that about 8pm, both men were at a shop near a playfield in the community, when armed men approached them.

The men opened gunfire, hitting Gaynor and Beckford, before fleeing the scene.

The police were alerted and both injured men were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

It is not clear whether investigators have made any breakthrough with that case.

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