POLICE have increased their presence in West Kingston as they try to deal with a flare-up of violence in the volatile west end after gunmen shot six people, two fatally, in separate incidents between Thursday night and Friday morning.
Killed were Tassanique James, an 11-year-old student of Clan Carthy Primary School, and 49-year-old businessman Hector Wilson, who resided in Clarendon.
Senior Superintendent Ronald Anderson of the West Kingston police said
the businessman was shot dead on Darling Street during a robbery in the
vicinity of the Coronation Market yesterday morning. The little girl was
shot less that 12 hours before in Denham Town, in what the police said
was an unrelated incident.
Tassanique and a number of other children were at a party when armed
men, said to be part of a gang, opened fire on persons attending the
“The children were at the party, and while the music was playing I heard
the screams and heard the gun shots; when I rushed out I saw me
daughter on the ground,” Yahola Anderson, mother of the slain child told
the Jamaica Observer.
Residents of the area yesterday called on police to work quickly to
bring the violence under control. “We in fear and we want the police to
clamp down on what is happening,” said one resident.
— Kimmo Matthews