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Jamaica's Murder Rate Climbs To 500 as Gunmen kill 5 and torch house in Salt Spring rampage. New police Commissioner starts April 5th.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — More than 12 gunmen went on a savage rampage in the tough Bird Hill area of Salt Spring early yesterday, killing five persons — two execution style — before fleeing the depressed community on foot. Up to press time one of the dead men was still unidentified.

Police gave the names of the others as: Cornel Brown, 20 years old and Elton Hines, 23, both of Bird Hill; Damion Brooks and 20-year-old Byron Powell, whose addresses are not known.

Police report that about 5:30 am the armed thugs went into the area and forced Brown and Hines to lie face down on the narrow roadway. They were then shot in the back of their heads.

The gunmen then went to a nearby house which was being occupied by Brooks, Powell and the unidentified man, where they sprayed them with bullets before setting the house ablaze, while their bodies lay inside the building in pools of blood.

The Observer was told that one of the occupants of the house was beheaded after he was shot.

The police said when they went to the crime scene yesterday the victims’ charred remains were found among the rubble of the burnt house.

The remains were later removed to the morgue.

When the Observer visited the section of the community where the second shootings occurred, investigators — watched by a crowd of curious people — were busy gathering forensic evidence.

Residents were, however, tight-lipped about what took place.

“All mi can say, boss, is that mi nuh know what could a cause this,” said an elderly man.

Another man close by said he heard the barrage of gunshots in the early morning but could not say what was taking place.

The Bird Hill area of Salt Spring is located about three miles south of the resort city of Montego Bay and has been identified as one of the areas in St James where criminal gangs are wreaking havoc.

The police have often complained that the Salt Spring community is difficult to patrol, due to its unplanned development.

Late yesterday, Superintendent Merrick Watson, the commanding officer for the St James police, declined to comment on the killings, which have pushed the murder toll in the parish to more than 85, since the start of the year.

“I really can’t talk to the media; I don’t have a comment — not yet; not right now,” said Watson, who took command of the parish just over two months ago.


Mon. April 26, 2010: Jamaica’s murder rate so far this year has reached 500, putting it on par with the same period of last year.

The number of homicides so far for 2010 climbed Sunday morning after gunmen killed five people execution-style in a troubled area of the Caribbean island’s northwest.

A police statement says the attack occurred in Salt Spring and is believed to be gang-related. Three of the bodies were burned when gunmen set fire to the house where the men lived.

The killers remain on the lam. The rise in the crime rate comes as the country’s the Police Service Commission confirmed the appointment of Owen Lloyd Ellington as the Commissioner of Police of Jamaica, with effect from April 5th.

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Comment by SureNuFF on April 29, 2010 at 12:31am
You must all go to the funerals of all of the son's that have been stuck down. The numbers must be great and, organized so that evil will shake for fear of the number of you. Now show them the number of "The Lord" is greater then their plot to murder. Then they will only destroy themselves when they hear your footsteps in the night and, in the daylight.
Comment by AJCAVReport on April 28, 2010 at 9:45pm
Unfortunately, violence in this beautiful island nation have become a way of life, such a shame. Nuff love.
Comment by dao on April 28, 2010 at 1:54am
adam adam adam ------ u r so right
Comment by dao on April 28, 2010 at 1:52am
BLACK on BLACK ----CRIME what a shame
Comment by on April 27, 2010 at 8:27pm
What's keepinf Jamaica alive is the Black Market and the steady trickle of us and euro monies that finds it's way there
Comment by on April 27, 2010 at 8:26pm
Have to kill corruption in high and low places, and restructure the policies in the economic infrastructure, because evidently whatever the government is doing, it just doesn't seem to work. can't just rely on tourism to stabilize the country because it's not working
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Comment by SureNuFF on April 27, 2010 at 8:13pm
There is only one thing these evildoers fear? YOU! They know God is not on their side. Now Your hand is strong and, swifter then theirs You have lost all of Your fears. Their bodies no longer stay together. Because You love "God" and, they do not, they will lose every battle. You have no more fear and, your mind is solid and, clear now. You have chosen "God" over them!. You will win they already know that! Peaceful times are coming home to every door. You have the Power of "God" in your blood, in Your Jamaica! The time has come again to show them the Raft of "God" in You for peace. They will run from You beg for your mercy. ...God will not give it for what they will do again, so it will not come ....and, they will sin no more.. "God bless You all!".
Comment by david on April 27, 2010 at 6:39pm
Jamaica need to give the police the right tools for the job.We must give the cops a central data base ,finger print all who are 18 and over. Once these people are convicted send them to prison for 100 years. Most of these people who are killing they are repeat offender.
Comment by Natalie on April 27, 2010 at 4:04pm
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