Top gang­sters si­lenced

Res­i­dents of St An­drew South Po­lice Divi­sion breathe sigh of re­lief

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Corey Robin­son/Staff Re­porter

RES­I­DENTS OF sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties within the St An­drew South Po­lice Divi­sion are breath­ing a sigh of re­lief fol­low­ing the fa­tal shoot­ings of two high-pro­file gang­sters who the po­lice say have been ter­ror­is­ing the area in re­cent years.

The po­lice said that Christo­pher

Arm­strong, also called ‘Shabba’, head of the Shabba gang; and Dwayne Hall, oth­er­wise called ‘Killy-Killy’, of the Blingers gang, were wanted in con­nec­tion with more than half a dozen mur­ders and shoot­ing in­ci­dents in River­ton City, Duhaney Park, Water­house, and Bay Farm Road ar­eas.

Hall was fa­tally shot on Thurs­day in Cal­laloo Mews in an al­leged shootout with mem­bers of the po­lice force, while Arm­strong was killed later that af­ter­noon when he re­port­edly fired at cops in east Kingston. Il­le­gal firearms were re­port­edly taken from the bod­ies of both men.

“Shabba is re­spon­si­ble and was wanted for four counts of mur­der, four cases of shoot­ing, and he is also wanted for a case of ar­son. He is also a per­son of in­ter­est in five cases of mur­der,” said Divi­sional Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Fran­cis, who listed a dou­ble mur­der of a man and a woman, and the shoot­ing of a po­lice­man among Arm­strong’s crimes.

SHABBA GANG OP­ER­A­TIONS

“The Shabba gang op­er­ates in the River­ton Mead­ows area and also sec­tions of Water­house [and] New Haven, and his op­pos­ing ri­vals are the Blingers gang of which ‘Crazy-Crazy’ is a mem­ber. Crazy-Crazy is ac­tu­ally a per­son of in­ter­est in six cases of mur­der and shoot­ings,” con­tin­ued Fran­cis.

The su­per­in­ten­dent said that sev­eral drag­nets to catch Shabba in the past failed be­cause he was be­ing shielded by some res­i­dents of River­ton Mead­ows. Hall was orig­i­nally from West­more­land and had moved to Kingston as part of his bail con­di­tions. The move, how­ever, did not stop his crim­i­nal­ity.

Al­ready, the St An­drew South Divi­sion has recorded more than 115 mur­ders since the start of the year, but Fran­cis said that this rep­re­sented a de­crease when com­pared to last year.

NOR­MAN GRINDLEY/ CHIEF PHOTO ED­I­TOR

From left: Gary Fran­cis, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice in charge of the St An­drew North Po­lice Divi­sion; Shane McCalla, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent; and Sergeant Steve Mitchell of the op­er­a­tion team, brief jour­nal­ists dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, yesterday. The news con­fer­ence was held at the Hunts Bay Po­lice Sta­tion in Kingston.

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