Cops, soldiers descend on Gaza after celebratory shots fired

Published: Thursday | December 5, 2013 Comments 0
This young boy seems to be on guard alongside a member of the Jamaica Defence Force outside his gate in Waterford, St Catherine, yesterday. The community was under a police-military operation. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
This young boy seems to be on guard alongside a member of the Jamaica Defence Force outside his gate in Waterford, St Catherine, yesterday. The community was under a police-military operation. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Vybz Kartel's so-called 'Gaza' domain in Waterford, Portmore, was yesterday the target of a massive joint police-military operation, hours after celebratory gunshots blazed through the infamous community.

Miss Joyce, a resident of the Waterford community first nicknamed Boston and later changed to Gaza by beleaguered dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, woke to see her community teeming with police and soldiers, armed with high-powered weapons.

Long before the name Gaza was associated with the Waterford community, it had earned its notoriety from Boston, its original moniker.

Miss Joyce was not alone, as others, mostly young women, milled about with police herding young men into a truck, and the soldiers adopting a warlike stance in alleys and roads.

At a closer glance, however, the battle lines were not as evident, as police personnel chatted easily with residents, even as they kept watch.

Metres away in the adjoining Waterford community nicknamed 'Third World', a younger woman woke to the sounds of gunshot in a separate incident. She would later learn that her neighbour was dead.

She told The Gleaner that she had heard two shots, looked out, and was ordered by policemen to remain inside. There, she said, she remained until daybreak. But before retreating, the woman said she saw the police taking out the body of the man known as 'Gee' and placing it into a vehicle.

Gee, who was described as being "mixed up in things", reportedly had a scheduled court appearance today to answer criminal charges of an undisclosed offence.

MUM ON SHOOTING DEATH

The police were mum on the circumstances surrounding the shooting and referred The Gleaner to the Constabulary Communication Network, which confirmed that a fatal shooting had taken place on Falmouth Road in Waterford.

However, the presence of representatives of the Independent Commission of Investigations had already confirmed the occurrence.

For the infamous Gaza, it all started on Tuesday, when celebratory gunshots reportedly blazed in the community after rumours began to spread that their beloved entertainer Vybz Kartel had been freed.

The news turned out to be false, but the celebratory explosions could not be recalled and so the people of Gaza went to bed only to wake finding police and soldiers all around.

 

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