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Murder on St John's Road

Karyl Walker

Thursday, February 03, 2011    

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THREE persons were shot during a drive-by incident on St John's Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine last evening.

At press time police in the old capital were only able to confirm that one of the persons had died and two others were taken to hospital.

"The shooting took place at 83 St John's Road. Three people were shot but we can only confirm that one has died at this time," an officer at the St Catherine North Criminal Investigation Bureau, told the Observer.

Police say a car drove up and opened fire wildly; and when the smoke cleared it was discovered that a man and two women were shot.

Sections of Spanish Town, occupied by the notorious Klansman gang, have been tense as a bitter feud over leadership of the criminal network rages.

Since the 2005 fatal shooting of Donovan 'Bulby' Bennett by the security forces, police investigators say the gang has been led by Tesha Miller who has been locked behind bars since October last year on gun-related charges.

Since Miller's arrest, bad blood has been brewing between his former cronies resulting in a number of shootings, some fatal.

About two weeks ago five persons were killed in the community of Portsmouth in Portmore after ten gunmen travelling in two cars opened fire on a group of men who were playing dominoes.

Police say the gunmen were after a man known as 'Pazzam' who was said to be a leading member of the Klansman gang. The other victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time, police reported.

Days later, another Klansman member, 31-year-old Jermaine Morrison, otherwise called 'Speedy', was shot dead in broad daylight as he stood with a group of men along Burke Road, Spanish Town. Police report that a car drove up and men inside the vehicle opened fire at the group. Morrison died on the spot, while another man was shot and injured.

Less than 24 hours later, as police and soldiers were enforcing a curfew in sections of March Pen Road, gunmen pounced and killed two women who were said to be Morrison's mother and girlfriend. The double murder occurred in a community known as Africa, a stronghold of the Klansman gang.

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