LOCK­DOWN

Cur­few or­dered for March Pen after five killed in early morn­ing vi­o­lence

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer

PO­LICE YES­TER­DAY im­posed a cur­few on sec­tions of the St Cather­ine North Divi­sion late yes­ter­day as they sought to bring a halt to an erup­tion of vi­o­lence that re­sulted in the charred re­mains of five per­sons, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, be­ing pulled from premises in Africa Set­tle­ment on March Pen Road in the parish.

The cur­few, which be­gan at 6 p.m. yes­ter­day, will re­main in ef­fect un­til to­mor­row.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s deadly in­ci­dent, a 14-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man were also shot and in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, a pa­trol team of law­men was called to re­spond to heavy gun­fire in the area around 1:30 a.m.

When the po­lice ar­rived at the lo­ca­tion, a group of heav­ily armed men, who had been alerted to their pres­ence, en­gaged them in a shoot-out.

Two per­sons were later found with gun­shot wounds and five other per­sons burnt to death at the 7 March Pen Road premises.

Dead are two-year-old Koyan­dra Wyn­ter, nine-year-old Re­vaughn Evans, 14-year-old Marvin Camp­bell Jr, 22-year-old Ven­isha Bart­ley, and 24-year-old Sale­sha Evans.

The two per­sons shot and in­jured were ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal.

A mo­tive has not been de­ter­mined. How­ever, the po­lice sus­pect that the in­ci­dent could be gang re­lated.

Marvin Camp­bell Sr, oth­er­wise called ‘Fat Man’, who is wanted

for a num­ber of of­fences, rang­ing from in­cest to a re­cent triple mur­der in Span­ish Town, has been named a per­son of in­ter­est in the mat­ter and is be­ing asked to turn him­self in to the Span­ish Town Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fice by noon today.

“We don’t know the mo­tive yet, but at the end of the day, I think there is go­ing to be a link­age (gang ac­tiv­ity) be­cause the peo­ple who car­ried out this act, we pretty much sus­pect that they are linked to one of the gangs op­er­at­ing there,” Stephanie Lind­say, head of the Con­stab­u­lary Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Unit, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

“As to what mo­ti­vated the at­tack, it’s some­thing that we are still try­ing to as­cer­tain. We know in re­cent times, there has been some in­fight­ing in the Klans­man gang go­ing on in Span­ish Town and other sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Dr Carl Wil­liams vis­ited the com­mu­nity yes­ter­day, along with other mem­bers of the Po­lice High Com­mand and the lead­er­ship of the St Cather­ine North Divi­sion, to re­as­sure cit­i­zens that ad­di­tional po­lice sup­port would be pro­vided.

In the mean­time, Op­po­si­tion Leader Por­tia

Simp­son Miller has con­demned the act and la­belled it an at­tack on the na­tion’s chil­dren.

“Once again, our chil­dren are un­der at­tack as crime con­tin­ues to spi­ral out of con­trol. Our chil­dren are no longer safe in their homes and com­mu­ni­ties. We owe it to our chil­dren to pro­vide them with safe and nur­tur­ing com­mu­ni­ties in which they can

thrive and achieve their full po­ten­tial. We must pro­tect our chil­dren,” Simp­son Miller said in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day.

She also ap­pealed to Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness to ur­gently pay at­ten­tion to what she termed “out-of-con­trol crime”.

PHO­TOS BY RUDOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

A po­lice­man se­cures the crime scene where the burnt bod­ies of five res­i­dents were found in a tena­ment yard in an area known as Africa Set­tle­ment on March Pen Road in Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine, yes­ter­day.

Jen­nifer McDon­ald (cen­tre), mother and grand­mother, mourns the deaths of fam­ily.

RUDOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Fam­ily mem­bers mourn the deaths of their loved ones after gun­men killed five per­sons, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, at Africa Set­tle­ment on March Pen Road in Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine, yes­ter­day.

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