Montego Bay Scaling 15 Murders In The Past 24 hours; Up-roaring Violence Forces School Closure

The murder rate in Montego Bay continues to rise as a record total of 15 murders were just recorded. The most recent of this epidemic occurring at around 10 late last night near Flankers.

{xtypo_dropcap}C{/xtypo_dropcap}ommanding officer for St James, Senior Superintendent of Police Marlon Nesbeth, is appealing to residents of the second city to remain calm.

His appeal follows two shooting incidents which occurred within hours of each other yesterday.

SSP Nesbeth is also reassuring residents that the police are following strong leads into the incidents and disclosed that detectives have already unearthed evidence which suggests that they were committed by the same perpetrator/s.

He urged residents who may have information in relation to these incidents to tell what they know by calling the Montego Bay Police at 953-6191 or Crime Stop at 311 or 811.

Several people were shot and injured and one man killed in the incidents.

Reports are that about 12:30 pm, four people were standing at a business place on Hugga Lane in Norwood, when armed men travelling in a white motor car drove up and opened fire hitting them; they have been admitted to hospital.

Later, about 5:00 pm, four people were at another business establishment, this time on the Glendevon main road, when another white motorcar — believed to be the same one involved in the earlier incident — drove up and the occupants again opened gunfire, hitting three men.

They were assisted to hospital where one of the victims, who the police say is yet to be identified, died. The others were admitted.

The most recent of this epidemic occurring at around 10pm late last night near the Flankers community where a man known as Anthony Austin was shot 20 times and left for dead. Another man seen below was also killed later that night, his identity remains unknown.

 [NB. Sources didn't state who is which]