Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: Three persons have been murdered in the parish of Westmoreland between Thursday night of July 26th and Saturday, July 28 and since then the police in the parish have strengthened security in various communities.
These three latest murders have taken the murder count in the parish of Westmoreland to 64 killings since January of 2018 to July and these deaths have risen great concern in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The three latest persons to be killed have been identified as, Shane Pringle 24-year-old unemployed of Bethel Town, Rohan Flowers, 40-year-old shopkeeper of Galloway district also in Bethel Town and 28-year-old Sean Newell, otherwise called “Demar” of Damp Road in Logwood, Hanover.
The first incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. Reports by the Bethel Town police are that Pringle was walking into his yard when he was ambushed and shot multiple times by armed men.
While still processing the scene, they received another radio message at 11:30 p.m., that another man was shot in Galloway district. Another team of officers traveled to the location where Flowers was seen suffering from gunshot wounds.
Both victims were transported to the Savana-la-mar hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Gunmen struck again in the parish on Saturday, July 28, along Nomprell road.
Reports by the Negril police are that about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, Newell was walking from a premises, towards his car which was parked along a section of Nampriel Road.
He was approached by a man who brandished a firearm and opened fire hitting Newell to his upper body.
The gunman then made his escape on a waiting motorcycle. The police were summoned and upon arrival, the wounded man was transported to the Savanna-la-mar hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Following these three latest murders which occurred in quick succession, the Westmoreland police have now stepped up patrols and security presence in a number of these communities.
Areas such as Negril, Bethel Town and Savanna-la-mar have seen additional police patrols and more presence of officers carrying out foot patrols.