Peace Management Chairman Says Guns are Still in the Hands of Criminals, Following Murder in Flankers

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Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: Following the shooting death of a man in the community of Flankers in Montego Bay, St James on Monday afternoon, September 17, Reverend Everton Jackson, Chairman of the Peace Management Initiative, stated that this latest incident clearly shows that the guns are still in the hands of the criminals.

” We have had over six months of peace and quiet in Flankers, and now this man come carry off his foolishness,” stated a community member who gave her name as Thelma Green.

Rev Jackson stated that, in regards to crime and violence in western Jamaica, since the Introduction of the State of Public Emergency, St James has experienced a tremendous decline in murders.

“This latest killing in Flankers is most regrettable, especially knowing that Flankers is one of the communities that would have benefited from the positive impacts of the State of Emergency. This also shows that the guns are still in the hands of the criminals “.

The Montego Bay, Freeport police reported that about 6:30 p.m. on Monday,  the victim Courtney Clarke, Caretaker of a premises located at Corbet Drive,( Rifle Lane) in Flankers, got drunk and became involved in an argument with a group of men in the area.

Clarke left the scene in a rage and later returned with a high-powered rifle which he used to threaten the men.

Minutes later, loud explosions were heard and the police were summoned.  Upon their arrival,  Clarke was discovered suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The police say they are now in search of the men and also the high powered rifle which has since disappeared.

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