Mo Bay May­hem

Thugs wreak havoc in St James 2016 mur­der count ap­proach­ing 200

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Adrian Frater News Ed­i­tor

ST JAMES, es­pe­cially the parish cap­i­tal, Mon­tego Bay, is now gripped by fear and anx­i­ety as gun-tot­ing thugs con­tinue to wreak mur­der­ous havoc, killing and maim­ing with im­punity as the parish’s mur­der count races to­wards 200 since the start of the year.

“I lived through the tribal war of the 1970s and I have never seen any­thing like this,” a for­mer politi­cian told The Gleaner yes­ter­day shortly af­ter news broke of an­other mur­der in the af­flu­ent Iron­shore com­mu­nity. “This is past mad­ness! Right now, I am feel­ing so much raw emo­tion that I feel like just scream­ing and bawl­ing out. We can’t take any more of this.”

In yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent in Iron­shore, which oc­curred close to the pop­u­lar Blue Di­a­mond Com­plex, shots re­port­edly barked for sev­eral min­utes as gang­sters armed with ri­fles and hand­guns snuffed out the life of a Glen­de­von man iden­ti­fied only as ‘Bob’. Sev­eral per­sons, who were at the lo­ca­tion, suf­fered non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Since the start of this week, there has been a spike in shoot­ings across the parish, re­sult­ing in sev­eral per­sons be­ing killed. The may­hem is hap­pen­ing de­spite the cur­rent high-vis­i­bil­ity pres­ence of joint po­lice-mil­i­tary pa­trols across the parish in re­cent months.

At ap­prox­i­mately 7:20 a.m. on Tues­day, all hell broke loose on Creek Street in down­town Mon­tego Bay when a gun­man opened fire on a bus crammed with school­child­ren. When the shoot­ing sub­sided, it was dis­cov­ered that the driver, Alvin ‘Strive Clarke, had suc­cumbed to mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds. Two stu­dents from Mal­don

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