6 Persons Killed as Rival Gangs Battle For Control of Spa Near Caymanas River

There is a bloody gang feud in the Caymanas Bay area which has led to the deaths of six people over the last three days, as rival gangs battle to control the spa located close to the Caymanas River in St Catherine.

“It is a serious gang war which has escalated over control of the spa close to the Caymanas river. Six persons have been killed in three days,” Senior superintendent of police, Clive Blair of the St Catherine South division, told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.

“Two gangs, the Jones gang and the Tylum gang are involved and there have been casualties on both sides. Four persons were killed last night but their bodies have not been identified by family members as yet.”

Two persons were killed in separate incidents earlier before the quadruple murder on Tuesday night. 

About 10:05 pm at Caymanas Bay, residents heard several loud explosions sounding like gunshots. The following morning, about 7:30 am, upon investigations at a nearby house where the explosions were heard, residents saw the bodies of three men lying face down in blood on the verandah and went to summon the police who were on patrol in the area. 

Police responded and went to the house where a search was conducted  and  a fourth  body of a male was identified in a room to the back of the house lying face down with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

One of the deceased men is believed to be Jerry Solomon, otherwise called "Jerry Dawg”, who is said to be the area leader in the community. 

Several 9mm spent casings were recovered at the scene, as well as casings, live rounds, bullet fragments  and three ‘Molotov cocktail’ devices. 

The latest killings in Caymanas Bay come nearly a year after popular dancehall producer Cleon 'Corey Mineral Boss' Jones was gunned down at his home in the community. Jones' murder remains unsolved.

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