Jamaica Crime News: St. James Murder Updates Five Killed – Since the start of the year 2019, a total of 22 persons have been brutally murdered throughout the parish of St James, and five of these victims have been shot and killed, and two others shot and injured within four days.
Several business operators in Montego Bay, say they are now of the view that the parish of St James is now starting to buckle beneath the weight of crime, and violence, since the start of January 2019.
” What is the problem in St James,” one business operator who identified himself as Clinton Frazer asked, ” Other parishes such as Trelawny, St Elizabeth, St Mary, Hanover and even Portland manage to maintain low murder rates with lesser police resources, so what is the problem in St. James.”
The businessman who operates in downtown Montego Bay, went on to say, ” after listening to the news I realize that over the past five years over a thousand people have been murdered in St James alone, and I think it is time the St James police chain of command look within themselves and see that they are doing something that is just not right. ”
Between Friday, March 1, of the weekend to Tuesday morning of March 5, a total of five males, including a 6-year-old boy have been murdered, and two other male left nursing gunshot wounds at the hospital. two men were shot and killed and two others shot and injured,
Those killed have been identified as 65-year-old Derrick Smith, a farmer of Bogue Hill, 6-year-old Jordianion Hodges, a student of Somerton, 27-year-old Quwayne Hemming, laborer of Somerton and Christopher Wilson of Flankers. The fifth victim still remains unidentified.
The onslaught started on Friday morning where one of two men travelling on a motorcycle, approached a coconut vendor at Westgate in Montego Bay and shot him multiple times. He is presently still at the hospital in serious condition.
About 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, gunmen travelling in a motor car drove to a motorcycle repair shop along Tate Street, in Montego Bay, and shot and killed the unidentified male who was at the shop.
On Sunday morning about 12:30 a.m., Derek Smith and another man were walking along the roadway in Bogue Hill, when they were pounced upon by armed men, who opened fire hitting them multiple times to their upper bodies.
The police were summoned and upon their arrival, both men were rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where Smith was pronounced dead and the other man admitted.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m., on Monday, 6-year-old Jordianion Hodges and his sister were coming from school when they were given a lift by Hemming who was travelling on a motorcycle.
On reached in close proximity to their gate, men travelling in a motor car opened fire killing Hemming and the small boy.
The latest incident took place on Tuesday morning at about 7:00 a.m., inside the People’s Arcade in downtown Montego Bay. Commuters reported hearing gunshots and alerted the police, upon the arrival of the lawmen Wilson was discovered shot to death inside the arcade.