Sunday 20 October, 2019

Fearful residents give reason for raging gun battle in East Kingston

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Loop News has received information that could explain what has triggered the flare-up of violence in sections of East Kingston over the last few days.

Police report that in the last 24 hours gunmen shot and killed one man, identified as Damion ‘Dog Shane’ Downey, in the Pleasant Hill area of the volatile overall community. 

Residents said there have also been reports of a number of gun attacks carried out by armed thugs who have unleashed a hellish-like terror in the area where a fragile peace stood in recent months

Members of the island’s security forces, in response to the development, have since increased their presence in the area.

But the move has done little to quell the fears of some residents who spoke to Loop News on Saturday, and explained what they believe has caused the latest upsurge in violence.

“The latest set of gun attacks were carried out by criminals operating in sections of Rockfort to mark the one-year anniversary when one of their cronies was shot and killed by criminals from another section of East Kingston,” a source from the area told Loop News.

According to another resident who, like the other source, asked not to be named, last year May, armed men crept up in a section of the Rockfort community and shot dead a man known only as 'Theo'.

The incident triggered widespread anger among friends of the deceased man, and ever since they have reportedly vowed to avenge his death.

Sources said on Friday night, following a function to remember the decease man, criminals in Rockfort attempted to carry out a reprisal attack, but this went wrong, and one man from the group of attackers was shot dead.

The deceased, who was from neighbouring St Thomas, was said to have been a son of a late politician from that parish.

The police said since the latest fatal attack, measures have been put in place to deter any further reprisal action.

When contacted on Saturday about the reported theory behind the latest death, police from the East Kingston division said they too had received similar reports, and were carrying out their checks to ascertain the veracity of the information.

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