Ja­maica: Four gunned down in Lit­tle Lon­don

Stabroek News - - REGIONAL NEWS -

(Ja­maica Gleaner) Res­i­dents of Mase­mure Mead­ows in Lit­tle Lon­don, West­more­land, woke up to, pos­si­bly, their worst fears on Thurs­day morn­ing when they were greeted with the hor­ri­fy­ing news that four mem­bers of the com­mu­nity - three men and a woman - had been slaugh­tered gang­land-style by in­vad­ing gun­men who en­tered the com­mu­nity shortly af­ter mid­night.

“A lit­tle bit af­ter mid­night, I heard sev­eral shots com­ing from near the en­trance to the scheme, and then I heard shout­ing and scream­ing,” said a res­i­dent, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied. “I knew right away that the devil was at work and some­thing bad was hap­pen­ing.

“Shortly af­ter the shoot­ings, I heard sev­eral mo­tor­bikes revving up and rid­ing away. When the place got calm, we went to in­ves­ti­gate and found that the doors of all three houses were kicked down and bod­ies were in all three,” con­tin­ued the res­i­dent. “We alerted the po­lice to what was hap­pen­ing.”

The four vic­tims, who all suf­fered mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds, were iden­ti­fied as broth­ers, 31-yearold Howard Humes, a taxi op­er­a­tor and mu­si­cian; and 33-year-old Paulton ‘Dwight’ Humes, who worked on the over­seas farm work pro­gramme in Canada. The third man, 23year-old Sha­vane Humes, a con­struc­tion worker, is the nephew of the other two men. The lone fe­male was iden­ti­fied as 25-year-old Keneisha Wil­son, a ho­tel house­keeper and the com­mon-law wife of the older brother.

When The Gleaner vis­ited the com­mu­nity shortly af­ter 9:30 a.m. yes­ter­day, the three one-bed­room houses, which, ear­lier, had been pro­cessed by the po­lice, were all empty. Bits and pieces of crime-scene tape were scat­tered in the yard. Some res­i­dents were stand­ing by the road­way dis­cussing the in­ci­dent in hushed tones. Many were re­luc­tant to speak to The Gleaner.

“I have been liv­ing here for many years, and it is the first time that some­thing like this has hap­pened in this com­mu­nity,” said an­other res­i­dent, who re­fused to dis­cuss a pos­si­ble mo­tive for the shoot­ings with The Gleaner. “We never ex­pected to have any­thing like this in our com­mu­nity.”

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