Nagra Plunkett, Assignment Coordinator
The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry has requested an urgent meeting with the police hierarchy and Minister of National Security Peter Bunting to discuss concerns and develop plans to address the increasing cases of gun crimes, especially homicides, in St James.
"I think the situation necessitates a meeting with the stakeholders like the police commissioner and the minister (of national security). We also need to discuss the implementation of meaningful opportunities to fill the void left behind by the lottery scam," said chamber president Davon Crump.
"The business community is very concerned and the wider citizenry need to feel safe in the parish. I believe our situation is unique as Montego Bay is the region's tourism capital and all this negative publicity can affect potential investors."
Crump's request follows Sunday's execution-style gun murder of 49-year-old Marie Bingham in Rose Heights. The killing has shattered an extended period of a lull in crime and violence in that community. Her death brings to 120, the number of homicides recorded in the parish since January.