Guns barking in St James again

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Adrian Frater News Editor

WESTERN BU­REAU: GUN VI­O­LENCE erupted in sev­eral St James com­mu­ni­ties on Thurs­day night as armed thugs once again wreaked havoc, killing one man and in­jur­ing six other per­sons, as 2016 re­mains on course to be­com­ing the blood­i­est year in the his­tory of the parish.

“De­spite all the ef­forts we are mak­ing to bring or­der to the parish, we are still hav­ing these shoot­ings and mur­ders ... . If I did not know bet­ter, I would say the parish is cursed,” a po­lice­man, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day. “We still have our joint po­lice-mil­i­tary pa­trols go­ing, but we can’t seem to fully ar­rest the sit­u­a­tion.”

The may­hem started shortly af­ter 6:30 p.m. when a group of heav­ily armed men in­vaded a bar in the volatile Par­adise/Nor­wood com­mu­nity and opened fire on pa­trons. The fe­male bar­tender, 26 year-old Mar­cia Dixon, was killed on the spot, while three other per­sons were shot and in­jured.

“It is the nuffest shots I hear beat inna Nor­wood for the long­est while and, trust me, shots fire reg­u­lar these days,” a res­i­dent told The Gleaner. “In all the griev­ing and mourn­ing, we still have to give thanks be­cause if dem boy deh (the gun­men) coulda shoot good, a nuff body dem woulda lef out deh last night.”


The three in­jured per­sons were taken to the Cornwall Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, while the body of the de­ceased woman was taken away to a fu­neral home af­ter the scene was pro­cessed by crime scene per­son­nel from the St James po­lice di­vi­sion.

At ap­prox­i­mately 7:30 p.m., gun­shots echoed along Ka­ton Lane in Mt Salem af­ter a group of gun­men at­tacked a man who was on his way home from work. The vic­tim, a for­mer school­boy footballer, fled as the gun­men gave chase, fir­ing a bar­rage of shots at him. One of the bul­lets flew through his left thigh.

“If the man couldn’t run, him would be a dead man ... be­cause they (the gun­men) were chas­ing him and fir­ing shots,” a res­i­dent told The Gleaner. “We are meet­ing hell in here with gun­men.”

In the last of the in­ci­dents, which oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 8 p.m., gun­men raided two bars in the An­chovy com­mu­nity. In both in­ci­dents, the fe­male bar­tenders were shot and in­jured.

St James, es­pe­cially the parish cap­i­tal, Mon­tego Bay, has been un­der siege since the start of the year with some 211 mur­ders – one short of last year’s all-time record of 212 – with lit­tle more than two full months to go in the year.

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