Gangsters Fear No GOD; No School, No Work, Church Moved From Community

Bullet-riddled cars symbolise the horrific flare-up of violence on Oliver Road in east Kingston.

Residents of Oliver Road have been living on the edge and are being targeted by gunmen in nearby Jarrett Lane and another surrounding community.

"Gangsters weapon of choice are the M16 rifles. They make it seems as the the police guns are baby toys. Just the other day there was five solid hours of gunfire on cops who were pinned down in a single four corner house and couldn't move because of the 'baby' guns they had," he said.

Taking a peak through binoculars, a string of bullet holes could be seen in sections of an unfinished house located at the top of a hill that leads to Jarrett Lane.

According to residents, the house was flooded with bullets after gunmen challenged the police in a shoot-out on the weekend.

"Most of the houses are empty in the community. Whenever it reaches 5 o'clock in the evening those living close to the foot of the hill move out and would sleep further down on the avenue, or stay at a different community because they are not safe here.

A bottle bomb or shot might dismantle the houses. Lots of persons are missing work as wel as kids missing schools, they cant leave their houses." another resident said.

The man dem a move like dem no fraid a God because all the church people dem have to move dem church and bring it under a tent down the road.

Residents say even the Life Tabernacle Basic School has remained closed because of the conflict.

An elderly resident said that the flare-up stems from feuds that started in 1978, which involved gangsters from Jarrett Lane.

"The man dem waan extend dem turf and we nah have that. Even if them say peace now, by November the war start back because a so dem craft up dem ting. If a mad man leave from round here and go Jarrett Lane, dem a kill him; it show how the man dem evil. If we did aggressive an really want war, we bun down dem board house because a bare board make dem house and dem have the nerve to a throw bokkle bomb," he said.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick said after reviewing the situation in east Kingston, the police have deployed additional personnel to the area to quell the violence.

She also added that they will continue to put strategies in place until the areas return to normality.



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