MAS­SACRE

Three brothers, one woman pep­pered with bul­lets in early-morn­ing at­tack

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - BY HO­RACE HINES Ob­server staff re­porter hi­nesh@ja­maicaob­server.com

LIT­TLE LON­DON, West­more­land — Three brothers and one of their spouses were killed after they were pinned in­side three houses and pep­pered with bul­lets by a group of ma­raud­ing gun­men dur­ing a pre-dawn at­tack yes­ter­day.

The de­ceased in­di­vid­u­als have been iden­ti­fied as 31-year-old me­chanic Howard Humes; 23-year-old Sha­vane Humes; 33-year-old farmer Paulton Humes, oth­er­wise called ‘Dwight’; and 25-year-old Keneisha Wil­son, all of the Mase­mure Mead­ows Hous­ing Scheme in Lit­tle Lon­don, West­more­land.

Wil­son and Paulton’s fiveyear-old son was spared by the armed thugs.

Screams for help and gun­shots shat­tered the still of the early morn­ing as the heav­ily armed gun­men lined the road that runs ad­ja­cent to the three houses.

The hood­lums, some armed with high-pow­ered Kalash­nikov ri­fles and oth­ers tot­ing pis­tols, kicked open the doors to the three houses, con­sec­u­tively, killing the oc­cu­pants. How­ever, they showed mercy on the boy.

The five-year-old was re­port­edly ush­ered out­side the third house, which he oc­cu­pied with his par­ents, by the gun­men, and left to fend for him­self in the wee hours.

He was sub­se­quently res­cued by the po­lice who were sum­moned to the area.

“We ac­tu­ally found a lit­tle boy there, the son of the male and fe­male. He was not harmed. He was even­tu­ally taken to safety,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mcken­zie, com­man­der for the West­more­land Po­lice Divi­sion, told the Ja­maica Ob­server yes­ter­day.

He re­ported that at about 1:15 am, the po­lice were alerted to ex­plo­sions in the Mase­mure Mead­ows Hous­ing Scheme. Upon their ar­rival, they went to three one-bed­room apart­ments where they saw the doors ajar. When they checked in­side, the cops found three males and a fe­male with gun­shot wounds.

They were taken to hos­pi­tal where they were pro­nounced dead.

Each of the brothers oc­cu­pied one of the three one-bed­room houses.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Mcken­zie noted yes­ter­day that the po­lice have not yet de­ter­mined a mo­tive for the quadru­ple mur­der.

He con­firmed that in re­cent years, a sis­ter of the three brothers, and an un­cle, also met vi­o­lent deaths.

Mean­while, one of the de­ceased was re­leased from prison over a year ago, where he served time for a “se­ri­ous of­fence”.

One res­i­dent claimed to have walked on to the scene when the may­hem started, and had to hide in a nearby cane­field un­til the shoot­ing died down.

“I hear dem (gun­men) a kick off the door dem and a buss shot. I hear a lit­tle boy cry­ing, but them put him out­side and say him should go up by his aunty. Every time mi re­mem­ber, mi heart shake.

“Me glad how them don’t kill the lit­tle youth,” the passer-by said while re­count­ing the grim tale.

Early in May, ram­pag­ing gun­men shot and killed seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing a child, and in­jured 10 peo­ple in Grange Hill, West­more­land.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Mcken­zie noted that since then, the po­lice in the par­ish, with the as­sis­tance of other po­lice units, have been mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­roads in stem­ming crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, ar­rest­ing gang­sters and seiz­ing il­le­gal firearms.

In fact, he ar­gued that the quadru­ple killing oc­curred out of the blue, as the com­mu­nity in which it un­folded is a very peace­ful one.

“This par­tic­u­lar area has not caused us any prob­lem at all. But the gen­eral area is linked to the Grange Hill space, which is an area that we have been mon­i­tor­ing from time to time. And cer­tainly, we did not ex­pect this, but what has been hap­pen­ing over time is that the qui­eter ar­eas, gang­sters, in an ef­fort to avoid the po­lice on their radar, put them­selves in ar­eas that are quiet,” the head of the West­more­land Po­lice Divi­sion said.

He ar­gued that the modus operandi of some of the crim­i­nals in West­more­land is to hide out in quiet com­mu­ni­ties.

The three houses in Mase­mure Mead­ows in Lit­tle Lon­don, West­more­land, where three brothers and one of their spouses were killed yes­ter­day morn­ing.

(Photos: Philp Le­monte)

Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mcken­zie, head of the West­more­land Po­lice Divi­sion speak­ing to the me­dia about crime in the par­ish yes­ter­day.

Paulton Humes

Sha­vane Humes

Howard Humes

Keneisha Wil­son

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