Shootout in August Town 'coordinated', says councillor Phillips; police being threatened

Monday, February 19, 2018

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ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Following this morning's gun attack in the Jungle 12 area of August Town, councillor for the Papine Division, Venesha Phillips said that the attack was a coordinated one.

The attack has left one man dead and several others injured.

According to Phillips, shots were fired at several places including in Tavern, which she added was not unconnected.

"This morning what we saw was a coordinated gun attack and it sends a chilling message that criminals can organise themselves in such a way," Phillips expressed.

She added that should the situation continue, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will have to maintain a presence in the area.

"If we are not careful you might have to move JDF up here. Because what happened this morning we haven't seen before," noted Phillips.

The councillor also appealed for lights to be repaired in the August Town, June Road and Barrett Drive communities as the police have to be patrolling in complete darkness.

She said she has reported the matter to the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Council but to date nothing has been done.

At the same time, a police officer disclosed to OBSERVER ONLINE, that several police officers stationed at the August Town Police Station have been receiving threats.

Moya Hinds




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