MoBay gunmen out of control! One policeman battling for life, another escapes injuries
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica:
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Attacks on persons by gunmen in Montego Bay, St James, which have been threatening to cripple the second city, appear to be spiraling out of control as criminals continue on a shooting rampage, launching assaults on police personnel.
A district constable is now battling for life in hospital after being shot several times; and another policeman escaped injury after being fired upon by gunmen while travelling home.
These latest incidents follow the shooting to death of two persons in Canterbury yesterday, and the injuring of two other men by gunmen in Catherine Hall on Tuesday.
This also follows a double murder in Cambridge, St James, 30 minutes outside the western city.
Reports are that the district constable was driving a Toyota motorcar along Corinaldi Avenue in Montego Bay, last night, when he was held up, shot and robbed of his vehicle.
In the other incident, the policeman who was on his way home was greeted with a barrage of gunshots, near the Green Pond main road, also in St James.
The policeman's car was riddled with bullets.
Shocked by the recent spate of criminality in the city, Member of Parliament Caretaker of North West St James, Henry McCurdy, says the upsurge is frightening.
McCurdy has called for all stakeholders, "the police, civil society, the political representatives and the churches to come together and see how best to cauterise the rise in crime, before anymore lives are lost".
"This situation has the potential to cripple commercial activities, and shy away potential investors, which will tremendously affect St James' economy," he added.
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