Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: Residents of Grange Hill in Westmoreland breathe a sigh of relief on Wednesday night, after several joint military teams were posted in the area to restore calm.
On Thursday morning, a number of residents reported that for the first time since the start of the week, they were able to sleep without the sound of gunshots echoing through the night.
The residents rejoiced just hours after gunmen slaughtered seven persons, including two children and a female in the community.
Following a visit to the community on Wednesday, April 2, by the Commissioner of Police and the Minister of National Security, a decision was made to post joint military teams in sections of the area.
In the meanwhile, our news team was told by investigators that the six persons who were shot and injured by the gunmen during the bloodbath, are presently at hospital in serious condition.
Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, armed men invaded the community and murdered Odane Drummond, otherwise called “Ziggy” of Sterling District, 21-year-old Joyan Myers, laborer of New Town, 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