Sunday 9 December, 2018

Three dead in Annotto Bay gun attacks; four in three days in St Mary

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Two men were shot dead in a suspected drive-by shooting in the troubled St Mary community of Annotto Bay on Saturday night, adding to an already worrying situation for the south eastern section of the parish.

Four murders - three in Annotto Bay and one in nearby Dover district - have occurred in the relatively quiet north coast parish between Thursday night and Saturday night, a situation that has sharply increased fear among some residents, especially with the gun being the weapon of choice in the attacks.

The latest victims to be killed by gunmen are 21-year-old Akeem Wilson and 22-year-old Ryan Morrison, both unemployed of Top Bay in Annotto Bay.

Reports are that sometime after 9:55 p.m., residents heard loud explosions in Top Bay and alerted the police.

Wilson and Morrison were later found suffering from gunshot wounds.

It is further reported that Wilson died at the scene, while Morrison succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

Investigators are theorising that the men were killed in a drive-by shooting.

The double murder was a continuation of the mayhem that began in the parish on Thursday night, November 15, when businessman Manton Harrison was killed by robbers as he left his business establishment in Dover district.

Reports on that incident are that at about 9:00 p.m., Harrison and his wife closed their shop and were heading home, when a car pulled up with armed men aboard.

Two of the gunmen alighted from the vehicle and demanded the handbag of Hamilton's wife.

Despite complying with the demands of the armed robbers, the couple was shot by their assailants.

The men then fled the scene in their motor vehicle.

Hamilton and his wife were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead and his wife remains in stable condition.

Twenty-four hours later, Nicoy Campbell, alias ‘Blacks’, of Marl Road in Kingston, was found with bullet wounds lying along the roadway in Cane Lane in Annotto Bay. This was after gunfire was heard in the area and the police were alerted to the explosions.

The St Mary police are probing the four latest homicides in the parish.

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