Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: On Thursday, May 3, the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, reported that over the past twenty-four hours, several joint military operations have been carried out throughout the parish of Westmoreland and have resulted in thirteen alleged gang members being arrested.
The Commissioner further stated that, a remaining ninety-four persons were also detained and are waiting to be processed. An illegal AK-47 Assault rifle loaded with several live rounds along with several 9 mm rounds were also seized.
The Commissioner further stated that, the main focus is being placed on several communities in and around the township of Savanna-la-mar where there has been an ongoing gang warfare and has seen a rise in murders and criminal activities.
The thirteen alleged gang members he says, are mainly from a section of the area known as Dexta. This area has recorded a high rise in murders and criminal activities over the past year. Also, focus is now placed on the Grange Hill community and its surroundings, where seven persons were brutally murdered and six other shot and wounded earlier this week.
The operation he says will continue throughout the course of the weekend and into next week, until the authorities are convinced that calm has been restored to these communities and those responsible for these cold-blooded murders are brought to justice.
Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, armed men invaded the community and murdered Joyan Myers, 21-year-old laborer of New Town, Odane Drummond, otherwise called “Ziggy” of Sterling District, Nadine Rowe and her 11-year-old son Nicoy Bourne, Sheldon Morgan Snr and his 2-year-old son Sheldon Morgan Jr, both of Sterling District and Tristan Brown, 22-year-old unemployed of Top Lincoln District.
Reports are that gunmen traveling in a Silver motor car drove into the Sterling community shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday and opened fire on a number of persons.
When the men left the area, Drummond along with a female clothes vendor and three other males were found suffering from gunshot wounds.
They were all rushed to the Savanna-la-mar hospital where Drummond was pronounced dead and the other four victims admitted in serious condition.
Gunmen struck again about 8:30 p.m. in the said community, where they went to the home of the female Nadine Rowe and shot her to death along with her 11-year-old son.
The armed men did not stop there, they went to another section of the community and opened fire on Morgan and his son, killing them on the spot.
The gunmen then drove to the adjoining community called Top Lincoln, where they opened fire on another group of persons at a shop killing Brown, and shooting and injuring another man.
Then about 10:00 p.m., the gunmen went to Fullers Field community and opened fire on Myers and a group of friends at a premises which occupied a shop and three houses. The men ran from the building into an open field where they hid.
The gunmen then set the houses and the shop on fire burning them to the ground.
About 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, an alarm was raised when residents stumbled upon Myers body with gunshot wounds in the field.
By Henry Bucknor