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Double murder has left Paradise tense

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater

Western Bureau:

Tension is now high in the Paradise Crescent community in Montego Bay, St. James, where two brothers were killed gangland style early Monday morning in the aftermath of an overnight quarrel, which turned deadly, much to the chagrin of residents.  

“Bwoy things not looking good at all… all we hearing is just nuff gun talk,” an elderly resident told The Gleaner yesterday.

“De thing is we caa she a idle talk cause, nowadays, every dog and puss have them gun…the whole thing just frustrating.”

 The brothers, who were killed in a hail of bullets shortly after 8:25 a.m., were identified by the police as 26 years old Patmore Johnson and his 20 years old  Ocan Johnson, both of Paradise Crescent. They both suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

“We  got a call about the shooting at approximately  8:30 a.m. and when investigators went to the community, the bodies of the two brothers were found in a yard,” said Inspector Peter Salkey,  of the St James police division.

“The investigations are still ongoing and we are maintaining a presence in the community.”

According to residents, the problem started late Sunday night when a quarrel started between  residents in the tenement yard, where the Johnson brother lived. Several persons reportedly issued violent threats. The quarrel reportedly resumed at daybreak and then all  hell broke loose.

“Monday morning me hear the quarrel start up again and then suddenly me start hear nuff shot  and mi se people a run and bawl,” a resident told The Gleaner. “After de shooting stopped, we se de two man pon de ground...when we check we find seh dem dead.” 

According to the resident, following the shooting, Superintendent Gary McKenzie, the crime officer for St. James, visited the community and spoke to residents, encouraging them to tell all they know to the police and not to take the law into their own hands.

“Minutes after the police left de community, a man just run out with a big gun and start fire after another  man…luckily him neva get shot,” the resident said.

“The police dem haffi come back so they are now keeping a presence in the community.”

The police are particularly unhappy with the latest incident as he broke a one-week sequence in which there were no murders. Some 143 persons have been murdered in St. James, making it the  nation’s bloodiest parish.