Bloody Sunday

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Derrick Bucknor o/c 'College'
  • 4 killed hours apart

It was a bloody Sunday in St. James with four persons, including a woman, shot and killed and two others seriously wounded in separate incidents within hours of each other.

The onslaught began shortly after 8 a.m. with the killing of 21-year-old Romaine Robinson, otherwise called ‘Blacks’ of Rough Road in Glendevon.

The police report that about 8:15 a.m., Robinson was found shot to death in an area of the community called Dappa Lane, shortly after residents heard rapid gunfire.

The police, who were called to the scene, found his body lying along a road with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

More than ten spent shell casings were reportedly found near his body.

About an hour later, detectives were called to Miriam Way, a short distance from where the security forces involved in the Zone of Special Operations in Mount Salem, are based.

This time, 44-year-old Raymond Dias of Hendon, Norwood, was the victim.

It is reported that about 10 a.m., he and another man were standing in front of a gate on Miriam Way, near Barnett Oval, when men in a black Audi motorcar approached and opened gunfire, hitting them both.

They were rushed to hospital where Dias succumbed to his injuries and the other man admitted for treatment.

Whilst detectives were processing the scene, they were called to the Salt Spring main road where 55-year-old Derrick Bucknor, popularly called ‘College’ of Robert Reid Drive, Glendevon, was killed by a lone gunman.

Reports are that about 10:30 a.m., Bucknor was walking along the Salt Spring main road shortly after exiting a popular Cash Pot shop when he was surprised by a man, reportedly known to him, who shot him twice in the head before calmly tugging the gun in his waist and walking away.

Bucknor, a former taxi operator, was reportedly a popular figure in the community.

Red Dirt in Flanker was the scene of the other murder. This time, 22-year-old Sherice Martin of Hog City, was the victim.

About 11 a.m., Martin and a male were at a section of the Red Dirt community when they were pounced on by armed men who opened fire at them.

The two were hit, Martin fatally. The male was taken to hospital for treatment.

In all cases, the police have no motives but are continuing their investigations

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