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Top gangsters silenced - Residents of St Andrew South Police Division breathe sigh of relief

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson/Staff Reporter
From left: Gary Francis, superintendent of police in charge of the St Andrew North Police Division; Shane McCalla, deputy superintendent; and Sergeant Steve Mitchell of the operation team, brief journalists during a press conference, yesterday. The news conference was held at the Hunts Bay Police Station in Kingston.

Residents of several communities within the St Andrew South Police Division are breathing a sigh of relief following the fatal shootings of two high-profile gangsters who the police say have been terrorising the area in recent years.

The police said that Christopher Armstrong, also called 'Shabba', head of the Shabba gang; and Dwayne Hall, otherwise called 'Killy-Killy', of the Blingers gang, were wanted in connection with more than half a dozen murders and shooting incidents in Riverton City, Duhaney Park, Waterhouse, and Bay Farm Road areas.

Hall was fatally shot on Thursday in Callaloo Mews in an alleged shootout with members of the police force, while Armstrong was killed later that afternoon when he reportedly fired at cops in east Kingston. Illegal firearms were reportedly taken from the bodies of both men.

"Shabba is responsible and was wanted for four counts of murder, four cases of shooting, and he is also wanted for a case of arson. He is also a person of interest in five cases of murder," said Divisional Superintendent Gary Francis, who listed a double murder of a man and a woman, and the shooting of a policeman among Armstrong's crimes.

 

SHABBA GANG OPERATIONS

 

"The Shabba gang operates in the Riverton Meadows area and also sections of Waterhouse [and] New Haven, and his opposing rivals are the Blingers gang of which 'Crazy-Crazy' is a member. Crazy-Crazy is actually a person of interest in six cases of murder and shootings," continued Francis.

The superintendent said that several dragnets to catch Shabba in the past failed because he was being shielded by some residents of Riverton Meadows. Hall was originally from Westmoreland and had moved to Kingston as part of his bail conditions. The move, however, did not stop his criminality.

Already, the St Andrew South Division has recorded more than 115 murders since the start of the year, but Francis said that this represented a decrease when compared to last year.

corey.robinson@gleanerjm.com