Jamaica: Gunmen go on killing spree

By CMC

(CMC) – At least two children were shot and killed as gunmen went on a rampage in the Westmoreland, Jamaica’s westernmost parish on Tuesday in what the parliamentary representative described as “mayhem”.

Police said that two boys, ages two and 10 years-old, were shot and killed as the security forces were kept busy in the community of Sterling where seven people were killed and seven others wounded.

Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, in a radio interview described the situation as one resembling a scene from the Wild West, adding “it’s mayhem”.

Police said that three of the attacks were carried out in Sterling district, with one person being killed in the first attack.

They said gunmen later killed a construction worker and later in the evening shot and killed three other people in separate incidents.

The police have not yet released the names of those killed even as they reported that in one incident on Tuesday night, gunmen returned to Sterling district and shot and killed a man and his two-year-old son.

They said that later in the night, gunmen killed a woman and her 10-year-old son.

Meanwhile, the police said that post mortem examination on the four-bodies found last Friday in shallow graves in Clarendon, south of here, showed the men died from gunshot wounds.

The police said DNA samples are currently being processed for proper identification of the bodies. But there’s speculation that the bodies are those of four St Elizabeth farmers who mysteriously disappeared more than two weeks ago.

Their rented motor car was found abandoned in Clarendon.

Last year, Jamaica recorded 1,616 murders, one of the highest homicide figures on record. So far this year, the figure has surpassed 350.

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