KINGSTON — The police say they are pursuing other suspects in last Friday’s brutal slaying of four men in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew, even as they prepare, today, to begin interviewing four others who were taken into custody over the weekend.
Dwight Robinson, 28; Jerome Anthony Gooden, 33; Ricardo Lawes, 28; and Omar Smith, 32, were gunned down as they played cards on White Sea Drive, located in a section of Phase Two known as Marley Bottom. Two other members of the community – a man and woman – were wounded in the assault.
“There are some others (suspects) we are pursuing… and they know who they are,” head of the St. Andrew South Division Senior Superintendent of Police Delroy Hewitt told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. He, however, declined to disclose any further details.
Hewitt said they are hoping the four men who were taken into custody on Saturday can supply information which will assist the police in solving the murders.
Meanwhile, Hewitt said the community is now calm as there is a strong police presence and work is being undertaken by the Community Safety Security Branch of the Constabulary to assist residents.
“Seaview Gardens is calm now, but there is fear among residents and that is why we are trying to assist by involving officers from the CSS to assist with counselling and just to talk with residents,” he said.
Both the police and the residents have surmised that the deadly attack could be a reprisal for the murder of a resident, identified as Pine, which was committed a month ago.
Another murder, in recent times, is also believed to have heightened tensions between factions in the community
“This is really a very rough time for these residents, the pain is heavy, but the police will do everything in order to minimise this pain. We are going to ensure that we have a strong presence in Seaview Gardens for as long as is necessary,” Hewitt said.
While this is the first such incident in the Marley Bottom section of Seaview Gardens there was a major bloodbath on February 25, 1989 when seven men were massacred by gunmen at a wake in the area. (Observer)