Murders in St James skyrocket to record numbers
Criminal gangs, that continue to leave a trail of blood and destruction in their path, are responsible for more than 80 percent of the over 300 murders committed in the parish of St James since the start of the year.
Assistant commissioner of police, Donovan Graham, commander of the police area one, in which St James falls, revealed that as of last Thursday criminals have pushed the murder figures to a record 302.
"St James would have seen an uptick in criminal activities as a matter of fact as of Thursday, November 23 the division of St James has seen 302 murders since the start of the year which is very historic and the first time it has passed the 300 mark," ACP Graham noted.
Police said there are 33 gangs operating in St James.
"Thirty-three gangs operating in St James 10 of which are very active. We would have seen the spaces of Barrett Town, Lilliput, Flanker, Norwood, Salt Spring, Rose Heights, Cambridge, just name a few, continue to play out their gang activities within the spaces," ACP Graham disclosed. "We have seen very intense and serious gang activities continue to plague the division."
The area one commander disclosed that the guns have been the weapon of choice in some 89 percent of the murders in St James.
He made the disclosures last Thursday at a press conference at the Freeport police station, following a tour, led by commissioner, George Quallo of several troubled communities in St James.