With only one day to go to close out the year 2019, the thirst for blood continues to plague the parish of St. James, with a swathe of murders on Sunday, December 20, pushing the tally past the 150-mark, despite efforts of the security forces to contain it.
The victims, which number four, are: 20-year-old Fitzgerald Rodman, otherwise called ‘Flip’, unemployed of Paradise, Norwood, 13-year-old Jamie Anderson of Albion, 43-year-old Christopher Fray otherwise called ‘Banton’ or ‘Chris’, a carpenter of Bottom Stonehenge, Cambridge and an unidentified man.
The raft of murders opened about 6:40 a.m. Sunday, as Fray was at home with relatives when three men armed with guns entered his house.
A tussle ensued and Fray ran from the house, but was chased and shot several times. The police were alerted and on arrival, Fray was seen lying in bushes in a pool of blood with multiple gunshot wounds. The other occupants of the house escaped unhurt.
The police were called to another homicide scene less than 12 hours later when at 8: 04 p.m., Rodman and Anderson were heading home from a nearby shop, and on entering their yard, gunmen opened gunfire, hitting them several times.
They were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. The Police were summoned and the scene processed.
Three hours later, crime sleuths began to investigate the circumstances which led to the shooting death of an unidentified man at Mango Walk.
The body appears to be in its mid-twenties, of dark complexion, slim build and is about 170 centimetres (5 feet and 7 inches) long. It was clad in a red shirt, blue denim shorts and red shoes.
Reports are that at about 11:10 p.m., residents heard explosions and summoned the Police. On their arrival, the body was seen along the roadway with several wounds to the upper body. It was taken to hospital where the man was pronounced dead.