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Policemen patrol a section of Denham Town in west Kingston while a resident looks on after a shooting which left at least six people dead yesterday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Policemen patrol a section of Denham Town in west Kingston while a resident
looks on after a shooting which left at least six people dead yesterday. -
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer


Daviot Kelly and Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writers

A 13-year-old girl and an elderly man were among at least six persons who were shot and killed during a police operation in the west Kingston community of Denham Town yesterday.

The teenager was identified by her weeping mother as Nicketa Cameron, while the elderly man was identified only as 'Mr George', both of Chestnut Lane.

The other victims were still unidentified up to press time last night, but police sources revealed that two of them, who are known by their aliases 'Tete Rass' and 'Kiro', were wanted for questioning for various crimes.

Intense gun

Director of communications for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Karl Angell said the six persons were killed during a "running and intense gun battle involving the police and criminals".

In a statement issued last night, Angell said when the shooting ended four weapons - an AK-47 assault rifle, a .357 revolver, a 9mm pistol and a .22 pistol were recovered.


A resident hurries out of the way as police patrol a section of Denham Town, west Kingston, after a shooting which left at least six people dead yesterday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer


"The police believe that three of the five males who were killed are wanted for various crimes in the Kingston Western and Kingston Central divisions, including murder and shooting with intent," he said.

Added Angell: "The other three persons, including the lone female, are believed to have been killed during the course of the gun battle."

This account was, however, contradicted by angry residents who accused the police of murder.

"Murderer, murderer ... Oonu a gwaan like seh oonu a no human being to," one woman shouted as residents vented their anger at police personnel who were securing the crime scene.

Another woman, who claimed to have witnessed the shooting, said she saw two unmarked police cars approach a house along Chestnut Lane.

"The police dem come outta di car, kick off di gate and just open fire," she told The Gleaner on condition of anonymity.

As news of the killings spread, a small crowd converged at the Kingston Public Hospital and the adjoining Madden's Funeral Home as anguished relatives and friends sought to verify the identities of those killed.

One woman broke down in tears outside Madden's Funeral Home after learning that the father of her infant child was among those killed.

"Wha me a go tell me daughter when she ask fi har father?" she wailed.

The police later imposed a curfew in the Denham Town community. It ends on Wednesday.

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Comment by YES PAPA!! on March 7, 2012 at 10:09am

THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN EVERY TIME THE PNP IS IN POWER AND THERE IS GONNA BE AN ELECTION OF ANY KIND, THEY ALWAYS GO TO WESTERN KINGSTON AND CREATE UPROAR

Comment by judy maya on March 7, 2012 at 9:06am

My first thought was "when will this madness end?" and I have come to the sad conclusion that it will never end
:-(  I love my country and miss the beauty and warmth, but I am afraid to set foot their!! We just came back from Trinidad and while I know tourists never see the "real" country, I was pleasantly surprised at how safe it was!!  Only thing they don't have over us is their beach, nothing beats Jamaica's beach.

Comment by florencehenry on March 6, 2012 at 10:31pm

see as pnp come back  the killing start west kingston will always be the bottle ground 

Comment by Pet Ellis on March 6, 2012 at 9:07pm

WHEN WILL IT END

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