Police link vendor's killing in Mona to gang feud
Police are theorizing that Friday evening's murder of a vendor close to a school in Mona was triggered by a gang feud taking place in August Town.
“Reports we are getting is that the vendor Dane Howell was from the community of August Town where a gang feud is now taking place and we believe the attack was carried out because of allegations that he may be related to one of the gang members,” a senior investigator in the matter told Loop News.
Police report that at about 10:30 a.m., the vendor was sitting close to the educational institution selling items when two men on a bike drove up and stopped close to him.
One man from the bike pulled a firearm and opened fire hitting the vendor several times. The men then left the area.
Sounds of gunfire brought a temporary halt to activities at the nearby school.
Police were called to the scene and the man found on the ground with several gunshot wounds.
He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A support team from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) was dispatched to Mona Heights Primary following the killing.
School officials say counseling was provided to a number of students who were left traumatized by the incident.