Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
A black flag nailed to a utility pole at the intersection of Accompong Way and Nanny Boulevard in Nannyville Gardens, St Andrew, danced in the wind yesterday, indicating that the community, which is home to about 6,000 residents, was in mourning.
The fluttering black flag symbolised the community's love for a mother, daughter and grandmother, who all perished in a motor vehicle crash six weeks ago.
But the community was plunged into further depression Thursday night following an attack by a group of gunmen, which left nine persons, including women and a four-year-old child, nursing gunshot wounds. The shooting took place along Moore Town Way.
"Everybody was at a little set-up that was keeping for a neighbour who had died recently when the gunmen came over the gully and began shooting at everyone. Even the women who were running to safer grounds were fired at," a member of the community told The Gleaner yesterday.
The usually crowded roadways were almost empty yesterday. Parents locked their children inside. The residents were gripped with fear. A small group, in a discussion with a police party, expressed disgust. They said they suspected that Thursday night's incident could be a reprisal to a recent shooting in the community.
"We are putting something in place, but the police alone cannot do it. We need the support of the residents and I am appealing to those who know what is happening, please come and speak with us," said Assistant Commissioner George Quallo, the Area Four commander, who was among the police personnel in the area.