Four killed, three injured in bloody weekend in St James
Four persons were shot and killed by gunmen in St James on the weekend. Three other persons were also shot and injured and are being treated at hospital in serious but stable condition.
Those killed have been identified as 18-year-old Kodie Buckingham, a shopkeeper of Salt Spring; 32-year-old Leonard Mais, otherwise called Kenroy, a cookshop operator of Spot Valley district; 26-year-old Jason Reid, otherwise called Ryno, a fruit vendor also of Spot Valley, and an unidentified male believed to be in his 30s.
Reports are that the four killings occurred between Friday and last night.
“Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in murders. But the police are on the ground carrying out investigations into these latest killings, and so far we are making successful headways,” a policeman told THE STAR.
The trail of killings began with the discovery of the body of an unidentified male in Lilliput about 6:30 a.m. last Friday. The body, clad in green merino and blue underpants, was found along the roadway with multiple chop wounds to the neck and hands
In the second incident, Mais and a group of customers were seated outside his cookshop about 4:10 p.m. in the Spot Valley community when a group of men travelling in a SUV drove up. Two men alighted with handguns and opened gunfire, hitting Mais and three of the customers before escaping in the waiting vehicle.
The gunmen then headed in the direction of the main road leading to the Cornwall community, and upon reaching the vicinity of Dunns Villa Resort, they again opened gunfire on Reid, who was selling ackees on a makeshift stall outside his gate.
The police were summoned and upon arrival, all five victims were rushed to hospital where Mais and Reid were pronounced dead, and the other there men admitted in serious but stable condition.
The bloodletting continued yesterday when Buckingham, shortly after closing his shop in the Flower Hill community, was shot multiple times reportedly by a lone gunman who forced his way through a back door at his house.
Despite being under a state of public emergency, 137 persons have been murdered in St James to date, 37 more than the number recorded over the same period last year.