Adrian Frater, News Editor
SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT (SSP) Egbert Parkins, the commanding officer for the St James Police Division, is calling for calm in the aftermath of Tuesday night's gangland-style killing of four persons in the parish in two separate incidents.
"We are calling on the public to assist the police by telling us what they know in regards to these two incidents," said SSP Parkins in a hastily called press conference at the Freeport Police Station. "We must not allow the criminals to continue to flourish."
In the first of the two incidents, which occurred at approximately 4:15 a.m., a gang of armed thugs kicked off a door to a house in North Gully and opened fire on the persons inside. When the shooting subsided, an unidentified man was killed and a mother and son were rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital with gunshot wounds.
At the hospital, the son, identified as Romario Haughton, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, died while being treated. The mother was treated and released.
In the second incident, which occurred shortly after 4:30 a.m., a group of heavily armed men invaded a house in the Hibiscus Drive area of Norwood and after kicking off the door, opened fire on the occupants.
When the shooting ended, two of the occupants, a man identified as 27-year-old Shane Anglin, and a woman identified as Nicolette Palmer, were found dead, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds. A third person was shot, but survived the attack.
With the parish's murder count now at 151, which is eight more than the comparative period last year, SSP Parkins said that a special unit has been created to go after the members of the 20 active gangs operating in the parish.
"October was our worst month this year, with some 36 murders," said SSP Parkins. "Since then, we have been seeing a decline, and we are pushing as hard as we can to make the parish as safe as possible."
With Christmas looming on the horizon, SSP Parkins said extra police personnel would be brought in and some of the persons doing desk jobs would be deployed on the street to provide extra security.