Three men were killed yesterday as a result of a gun attack outside a supermarket next door to the Spring Mount police station in St James.
Two persons died on the scene, while the third succumbed to his injuries at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
The owner of the supermarket was shot in the foot.
"The parish is haemorrhaging from the number of shootings and also the hospital resources are being stretched unnecessarily because of gunmen who have literally waged war on the citizens in the parish," said Montego Bay businessman and operator of the Last Resort Detective Agency, Henry McCurdy.
The businessman, who is also the People's National Party (PNP) caretaker for North West St James, called for the stakeholders within the parish to try to fix the situation as soon as possible.
"There are a number of companies that are being forced to find additional resources to transport staff whenever late or early morning shifts are required, because their staff members are afraid to leave their homes," said McCurdy.
String of murders
The latest killings follow a string of murders plaguing the western parish in the last month.
On Saturday night, at least two men were reportedly shot in the Mount Salem area during a four-hour power outage.
Last Thursday, a special constable attached to the Island Special Constabulary Force, Jermaine Bartley, was killed execution style by unknown assailants at his Irwin Meadows home in Granville. His common-law wife was also shot during the incident.
The situation has reached crisis proportion as The Gleaner understands that the Police High Command is transferring the current commanding officer in charge of St Ann, Superintendent Egbert Parkinson, back to Montego Bay.
The superintendent, who goes by the moniker, 'Sheriff', will take up his new position this morning.