SPRING MOUNT, St James — The St James police yesterday published the names of three 'persons of interest' in Sunday's brazen murder of three men in this community.
The police are asking Garfield Douglas, also called 'British'; a man known only as Miller; and another man who goes by the aliases 'Mad Cliff' and 'Bigga' to report to the nearest police station with their attorneys.
They are wanted for questioning in connection with the murders of 19-year-old farmer Tevin Farquharson, also called 'Duck'; Oraine Dunkley, 26, a labourer who was also called 'Chicken'; and 50-year-old vendor Canute Dennis, who was also known as 'Ragga'.
A highly placed police source told the Jamaica Observer that Sunday's attack was in reprisal for an incident last Friday in which one of the three persons of interest was shot and injured. The altercation reportedly sparked a stone- throwing melee after which guns were brought into play.
Our source said that the man who was allegedly shot did not report the matter to the police. Instead, he went to a hospital for treatment and discharged himself.
Farquharson, Dunkley and Dennis were shopping at a wholesale near the police station here when they were shot dead at about 2:40 pm. The owner of the wholesale was also shot in the attack.
Dunkley and Dennis died on the spot. Farquharson died while undergoing treatment at hospital. The operator of the wholesale, whose injury was not considered serious, has since been treated and released from hospital.
Yesterday, residents from the Dam Road section of the community where Dennis lived, expressed fear for their lives.
"We live inna fear. Right now a bush me and me two pickney sleep last night," one woman said.
"Right yah now, the people dem no feel safe. We don't know when the gunmen dem a go strike again," a male resident said.
Dennis's distraught sister is of the view that her brother was the target of Sunday's attack.
"A goods him go buy and the gunman dem attack him," she cried, pointing to her late brother's stall.
"Him no do nobody nothing. A him goods him go buy and dem trail me bredda. A same as him reach over the place fe go buy him goods dem start fire. Me miss me brother," she cried.
Members of Farquharson's and Dunkley's families believe the two men were in the wrong place at the wrong time, as they were both sent to purchase items at the wholesale.
Dunkley's uncle, Alvin Morris, said his nephew, who willingly did chores for residents of the community, will be missed.
"Him never inna nothing still, so when me hear say him get shot me feel cut up. The whole a me feel like me no inna this world wha God mek," the distraught uncle said.
Farquharson's uncle was equally stunned to hear of his nephew's murder.
"He just left to purchase a phone card and cigarette when the incident occurred. I was sleeping and was awakened by gunshots, not knowing say a him get shot," the uncle told reporters.