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Gunmen fleeing West Kingston, say police

Wednesday, May 14, 2014    

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THE police are reporting that gunmen who have been engaged in a deadly fight for turf in West Kingston have started fleeing the area as law enforcers increase their presence there.

"We have received information that a number of these criminals, coming under pressure from the authorities, have begun to run from the area," Phillip McIntosh, officer in charge of crime in the Kingston Western Division, told the Jamaica Observer.

According to the police, the latest evidence of this was seen over the weekend when a man believed to be a key player behind the violent attacks in West Kingston was arrested in St Elizabeth.

His name has not yet been released, but police say he is wanted for several serious crimes, including murder.

Yesterday, head of the Mobile Reserve, Assistant Commissioner Winchroy Budhoo, warned that the police would not ease the pressure on the criminals, despite the fact that they were running scared.

"In moving forward, police will be maintaining a presence in these areas to ensure that criminals are not allowed to restart their illegal activities," said Budhoo.

Head of the division, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, also warned that despite the progress the police would not become complacent.

The latest development comes a week after five people were gunned down in less than 12 hours in a series of attacks in West Kingston.

The first incident, police said, took place on Race Course Road about 9:20 Tuesday night when a man, identified as Gerrel Bravo, alias 'Neiko', was shot dead by gunmen while driving his motor vehicle in the area.

Less than half-an-hour later a construction worker, identified as Vernon Vanzie, otherwise called 'Buba' and 'Anthony', who was standing among a group of children on Metcalfe Street, was chased and shot dead by gunmen in Denham Town.

While police were at that crime scene they were informed of another shooting, on Lincoln Crescent, where Kevin Black, a gas pump attendant, was shot several times as he stood outside a bar.

Two more murders were reported in the western section of the capital after a 54-year-old man and another man were shot dead on Beeston Street.

Member of parliament Desmond McKenzie has said that more than 100 people have been killed over the last two years in West Kingston.

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