KINGSTON – Gunmen have continued to wreak havoc in Bog Walk, St Catherine, killing three men, among them a 70-year-old, at Pine Apple Lane, yesterday.
The police have identified those killed as Malty Taylor, otherwise known as ‘Malty Blair’, an elderly man from the community, and the other two men only as Patrick and Pete, who were said to be farmers of Kingston addresses.
According to the police, approximately 10:30 am, the two men from Kingston had gone to the area to purchase coconuts.
Residents reported hearing several explosions minutes after they arrived in the community. The police were called, and after a search of the area the bullet-riddled bodies of the three men were found.
The murders, which bring to seven the number of people killed in the St Catherine North Division in the last week, have triggered an exodus of citizens from some of the surrounding communities, despite assurances from the police that they will be maintaining a 24-hour presence in the volatile areas under attack from criminals.
However, this has provided little comfort to the many fearful residents.
“Lord, have mercy on us, look what wi district come to,” said one woman.
She was part of the large group of people who gathered in the area behind the police yellow tape, which were used to mark the crime scene.
“Right now, based on what has been taking place in this area, nuh body nuh safe,” said another woman, who vowed that she would be moving out of the area before nightfall.
The police tried to provide some assurance.
“We can guarantee the residents, in this area and surrounding communities, that the police and military have been deployed to the area and will be maintaining a 24-hour presence to restore normalcy and restore order,” said head of operations of Area Five, Senior Superintendent Anthony Castell.
He also said that the police were following strong leads in yesterday’s shooting.
This latest shooting, which brings to 11 the number of people killed in the area within the last month, occurred nine days after four men transporting a $2-million payroll for workers on the Chinese-constructed North/South link of Highway 2000 were brutally murdered in a robbery in Bowers Wood located on the outskirts of Bog Walk.
Police said the men Courtney Courbourne, 38, Carlton Scott, 37, Greg Harris, and another man, Kirk Foote, were travelling through the community with the cash to pay employees who are working on the highway, when criminals carrying high-powered weapons ambushed them.
In August, four people were gunned down in another incident in the Middleton district that sits between Bog Walk and Linstead.