‘Spa war’ es­ca­lat­ing in Cay­manas Bay

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR - AN­DRÉ WIL­LIAMS Staff Re­porter

The St Cather­ine South po­lice have placed Cay­manas Bay, home to the pop­u­lar Cay­manas River, un­der mi­cro­scope af­ter a bloody week, which recorded six fa­tal­i­ties as op­pos­ing gangs wres­tle for con­trol of a nearby spa.

The lat­est in­ci­dent was a quadru­ple mur­der on Tues­day night. Among the vic­tims was Jerry ‘Jerry Dawg’ Solomon, an al­leged leader of one of the gangs.

The po­lice have listed the gangs as the Jones gang and the Ty­lum gang, and say there have been ca­su­al­ties on both sides.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent in charge of St Cather­ine South Clive Blair con­firmed the re­cent fa­tal­i­ties were due to the on­go­ing war over the spa.

Our news team also gath­ered that two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents of mur­der oc­curred be­fore Tues­day’s quadru­ple killing and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still try­ing to as­cer­tain if all the acts are con­nected.

The re­ports from the po­lice are that at about 10:05 p.m. on Tues­day in Cay­manas Bay, res­i­dents heard sev­eral loud ex­plo­sions.

THE WEEK­END STAR gath­ered that the fol­low­ing morn­ing, about 7:30 a.m., res­i­dents went to the area where the ex­plo­sions were heard and saw the bod­ies of three men ly­ing face down in blood on the ve­randa.

The po­lice were sum­moned and upon fur­ther search of the premises, a fourth body was found to the back of the house.

The scene was pro­cessed and sev­eral 9 mm spent cas­ings were re­cov­ered as well as 9 mm live round.

The area has been tense since the death of pop­u­lar mu­sic pro­ducer Cleon ‘Min­eral Boss’ Jones in Cay­manas Bay last year on De­cem­ber 12.


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