Two killed, baby injured - Granville residents protest police shooting
Adrian Frater, News Editor
TEARS, ANGER and frustration gripped the community of Granville, St James, yesterday as irate residents protested an incident in which two men were killed and a toddler injured in a shooting incident involving the police.
The dead men have been identified as 18-year-old Kervine 'Buju' Wilson and 20-year-old Charles 'David' Clarke. The injured toddler is two-year-old Tia Moodie. All three are from Granville addresses.
An elderly grandmother, who claimed to have witnessed the shooting, said she was at home at approximately 11:45 a.m. when a group of policemen barged into her house. She said upon recognizing Wilson and Clarke, the lawmen opened fire on them.
The senior citizen said when the shooting ended, she noticed that both men were shot and the baby girl, who was crying, had suffered a bullet-wound to her toes.
"I just si dem barge in and the next thing was the whole heap a gunshots," said the trembling grandmother. "It is the most crucial act I have ever seen in my life."
When The Gleaner arrived in Granville irate citizens were seen venting their wrath at the police.
Clive Mullings, member of parliament for St James West Central, said he was concerned about the allegation made by residents against the police.
"Some residents are saying that the men were previously threatened by the police," said Mullings. "There are also reports of demands for money that were not met. I think we have a case here for the BSI (Bureau of Special Investigation) to investigate," he added.
Police investigators on the scene refused to comment on the shooting, telling media personnel that the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) would release a statement once their investigations were completed.