Triple murder rocks MoBay's Canterbury
Adrian Frater, News Editor
WESTERN BUREAU: Two men and an elderly woman were shot and killed gangland-style at the entrance to the volatile Canterbury community in Montego Bay, St James, late Sunday evening by armed thugs who alighted from a passing motor car and opened fired on them.
Another man was shot and injured in the incident.
The dead persons have been identified as 67-year-old Nesline Young of Canterbury, 24-year-old Everald Leslie, also of Canterbury; and 38-year-old Heron Foster of nearby Rosemount.
Reports are that, approximately 6:25 p.m., a group of residents of Canterbury were standing just outside a shop at the entrance to the community when a car pulled up and several men alighted, firing a barrage of gunshots.
"Dem just step outta de car and start buss shot," a witness to the incident told The Gleaner. "People haffi run like a stadium dem deh."
When the shooting subsided, it was discovered that Young, Leslie and Foster had suffered multiple gunshot sounds and were all dead. The other man, who suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body, was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
The Canterbury community has been quite tense over recent weeks, following several shooting incidents involving residents from the area.
In a recent incident, a male resident was ambushed in broad daylight outside the St James Parish Council Building, and was shot and injured. He subsequently died while undergoing treatment in hospital.
At the time of that incident, Montego Bay's deputy mayor, Councillor Michael Troupe, who was among the persons inside the parish council when the shooting took place, said he was shaken up by the incident.
"We are living in perilous times indeed," Troupe said then. "A shooting almost on the step of the parish council in broad daylight is something to be worried about."
HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE
Yesterday morning, there was a heavy police presence in and around the Canterbury community but very few residents were seen. According to a young man who spoke with The Gleaner, many residents were frightened and had decided to stay in the safety of their homes.
"What happened was not normal ... seeing three bodies including that of an elderly woman is not an easy thing to cope with," the young man said. "What is going on in Montego Bay is like a crazy movie without a end."
In the meantime, the police last night confirmed that three children were shot and injured at the intersection of North and Church streets in downtown Kingston.
"Preliminary reports suggest that about 7:20 p.m., the three minors - two 15-year-olds and one seven-year-old - were walking in the area when a lone man on foot approached them and opened gunfire hitting all three," stated a release from the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
"They were rushed to hospital where they have been admitted in stable condition."