A reputed gang leader was murdered on Hermitage Road, Gonzales yesterday. According to reports, around 4.30 pm, Kevon “Fish” Joseph was a back-seat passenger, travelling along Belmont Circular Road, when they were ambushed by two gunmen, who began shooting at the car.
The driver turned into Hermitage Road, got out of the Toyota Corolla and left Joseph who was wounded.
Eyewitnesses told police the gunmen walked closer to the vehicle and shot Joseph several times at close range.
He was pronounced dead on the scene by a District Medical Officer (DMO) who ordered that his body be taken to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy will be performed today.
Graphic photographs and videos of Joseph’s body began circulating on social media before police arrived on the scene and cordoned off the area.
The driver of the vehicle, who sustained minor injuries from the broken glass, was being interrogated by police up to late yesterday. Homicide detectives said that Joseph was a known offender and was affiliated to the Muslim gang.
Police sources said investigators suspect that Joseph’s murder was gang-related as it was committed in an area of the community controlled by a rival gang.
Joseph’s murder comes two weeks after rival gang members were killed in an incident in the community.
On May 24, 30-year-old Kareem Stanisclaus and another man went to Walcott Lane, Gonzales, where they shot and killed 17-year-old Kobe Brown.
As they were fleeing the scene, they were ambushed by Brown’s friends. Stanisclaus died on the scene, while the other gunman managed to escape.
Investigations are continuing into both sets of murders.