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Turn in your guns, police to West Kingston gangsters

Published:Friday | February 28, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Head of the West Kingston police Superintendent Steve McGregor is urging gangsters to turn in their guns as they take steps to put an end to the protracted gang feud in their communities.

The Gleaner reported yesterday that gangsters in the area were seeking to initiate peace after two years of severe bloodletting that claimed scores of lives.

A peace dance and march was reportedly held on Tuesday as a signal of their intent.

McGregor says fresh in his mind was the violence unleashed on the other side of the Corporate Area in east Kingston on Valentine’s Day, when men who were under the impression that communities had agreed on peace, ventured into a neighbouring area, but were turned back.

The men reportedly returned with high-powered guns and opened fire.

When the smoke cleared, a 17-month-old baby and a man lay dead.

The shooting triggered reprisals in which a two-month-old infant narrowly missed death, as his parents took bullets for him.

McGregor says the violence erupted because men were still in possession of deadly weapons.

He also notes that this was not the first time adversaries who declared war on each other turned around and pronounced peace that has turned out to be short lived.

McGregor says he is prepared to do whatever he could to assist in fostering peace in the area for the benefit of the law-abiding, innocent residents.


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