WATCH: Fatal shooting of brothers in Kingston believed to be gang-related
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Kingston Central Police believe the murder of two brothers in downtown Kingston on Sunday morning is related to a conflict between rival gangs in the area.
Observer Online understands that the Chancery Lane and Spangler’s gangs have been at loggerheads in recent times.
Sunday’s double murder claimed the lives of 34-year-old Christopher Palmer, an entertainer who goes by the stage name Venom, and his brother, 42-year-old Kirk Palmer. Their killing is said to have stemmed from the November 13 murder of another man from the area. That individual was reportedly linked to the Spangler’s gang, and his murder was believed to have been carried out by men attached to the Chancery Lane gang, police sources have indicated.
Since then, there have been several reprisal attacks, according to sources.
The two brothers were shot and killed at a stall on Beckford Street. A third man was shot and injured during the incident.
Reports are that around 1:15 am, the Palmer brothers were at a location where the older sibling’s common-law wife operates a clothing stall and a hangout.
Police said the brothers were reportedly approached by a group of men, travelling on foot and armed with guns, who opened gunfire.
When the shooting subsided, it was discovered that both men were shot several times. Christopher Palmer died on the spot while Kirk was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.