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Authorities seek dialogue with Mountain View residents affected by violence flare-up

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 10:54 AM

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East, Julian Robinson, says the authorities are seeking to have dialogue with residents of Mountain View in the constituency, to try to put an end to violence there.

He says tensions, due to a flare-up of gun violence in the Mountain View area and which has resulted in two persons being shot on Christmas Day, is worrying.

Gunmen struck some time shortly after 2 o’clock in the afternoon on December 25 in the Goodwich Lane community, shooting a man and woman.

This is the latest in a series of attacks between rival gangs in the area, which have left several people dead.

Both persons were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were admitted in serious, but stable condition.

Residents say they are tired of the violence and want the authorities to put a stop to it.

Meanwhile, Robinson is calling for residents to play a part in remedying the situation.

Information gleaned by our news centre suggest that the flare-up has been sparked by members of a rival gang warring over work projects in the area, which has been exasperated by the release from prison of a top-ranking member of one of the gangs in operation in that area of Mountain View.

The Peace Management Initiative and the police have been trying to defuse the tension.