Mur­der in Guy’s Hill

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

A RES­I­DENT in the ru­ral St Cather­ine com­mu­nity of Guy’s Hill yes­ter­day re­counted hear­ing the har­row­ing screams of her neigh­bours af­ter heav­ily armed gun­men in­vaded their homes and set them on fire be­fore spray­ing the houses with bul­lets.

Po­lice and res­i­dents say when the horrific act ended, the body of 47-year-old Al­lan Whit­tock, also known as ‘Vin’, was found with gun­shot wounds, and 23 per­sons were left home­less in the small com­mu­nity of Cock­ing Hill.

“We heard the neigh­bours scream­ing for help and we couldn’t do any­thing. We heard the ex­plo­sions. We heard them cry­ing for help, and I got fraid,” one res­i­dent told The Gleaner.

HIGH-LEVEL IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

Yes­ter­day, the Po­lice High Com­mand an­nounced that it had launched a high-level in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent, which has left some res­i­dents ter­ri­fied.

“We are not used to it. We are not used to gun­shots,” one res­i­dent said.

The po­lice re­port that shortly af­ter mid­night, gun­men in­vaded two houses on the same property in Cock­ing Hill dis­trict and re­moved the chil­dren be­fore dous­ing the adults and build­ings with a com­bus­tive sub­stance and set­ting them ablaze.

Be­fore es­cap­ing, the po­lice say the men sprayed the house with bul­lets.

Fire­fight­ers from the Lin­stead Fire Sta­tion re­sponded and con­ducted cool­ing-down oper­a­tions. Losses have been es­ti­mated at close to $7 mil­lion.

One res­i­dent blasted the Guy’s Hill po­lice – who she es­ti­mated were only five min­utes from where the in­ci­dent oc­curred – for what she claimed was their slow re­sponse. “They said only one per­son was at the sta­tion and they had no ve­hi­cle,” she told The Gleaner.

“If they heard a boom box put up, dem come lock it off, but when dem fi help peo­ple and res­cue peo­ple, dem fraid. Dem no waan come serve, pro­tect, and re­as­sure,” she con­tin­ued.

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