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Cops kill Southside 'don'

Residents protest killing

BY COREY ROBINSON Observer staff reporter robinsonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, January 08, 2011    

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POLICE yesterday morning shot dead a man they said was the leader of the notorious New World Order gang in the gritty Southside community of downtown Kingston.

Police identified the dead man as 31-year-old Horace Ramsay, also called 'Puggu' or 'Brown P', whom they alleged had engaged them in a shoot-out at his home at Steven's Lane at about 4:30 am.

A .31 pistol with two rounds of ammunition, a quantity of marijuana, and a motorcycle were taken from the scene, police said. Thirty-one persons were also taken into custody for questioning.

Yesterday, the police blamed Ramsay for the recent upsurge in shootings in the tough inner-city community.

Ramsay, up until the time of his death, was involved in a turf war with Marious Davis -- another alleged don who goes by the alias 'Bredda Bredda' — the police said.

Davis is wanted by the police for questioning in relation to a number of shootings. Yesterday, the police made a plea for him to turn himself over to the Kingston Central Police.

Meantime, Ramsay's death sparked demonstration by hundreds of Southside residents who accused the police of killing the alleged gang leader in cold blood.

The residents, who gathered on Steven's Lane and on Thompson Avenue, also said the police were preventing Ramsay's family from leaving their home.

Ramsay, they said, was shot twice in the head by the police, who ordered his common-law wife and two children outside the premises.

"There was no shoot-out. Is only two shots fire this morning, some people didn't even know that gunshots were firing," said a resident who gave his name only as Ricky.

"They (police) definitely went into the house to kill him. Dem tell 'im woman and children to come out of the house then they murdered him; his little girl saw her father die," he continued, alleging also that the gun the police claimed they found was planted in the house.

Yesterday's shooting followed the seizure of several firearms, including high-powered rifles in the community in recent weeks. Persons are still in custody for that find, the police said.

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