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JAMAICA | Police believe stolen gun behind murders in Clarendon

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 14, CMC – Jamaica police say they are working on the theory that a dispute over a stolen gun may have led to the deadly attack in Sandy Bay, Clarendon, a seaside town in the central part of the island, resulting in the murder of two brothers and injury to another on Thursday.

Police said that three men armed with high powered rifles entered the house, and opened fire killing 19-year-old Richard Blake and his 16- year- old brother Ricardo, a high school student. Their unidentified r 13 year-old sibling, who was shot in the leg as he tried to escape, was treated and released from hospital.

Their mother was not harmed during the incident.

Head of Operations for Clarendon, Superintendent David White, said the gunmen were searching for a family member of the Blake’s who was staying at the house and had stolen a firearm from them.

However, White said the family member left the house two weeks ago, adding that the boys were not involved in any criminal activity.

“Basically three men armed with rifles went into Rasta City trying to find a man whom they said had stolen a firearm from them…They went to the home where the three brothers, the Blakes were actually staying with their mother and they kick off the door and open fire,” he said, adding “we hope to make a breakthrough soon”.

White said that the incident occurred at a time when the police were reporting a downward trend in crime in Clarendon.

“We have targeted many of our gang members and violence producers within this space and somewhat we have had some level of calm in many of our areas, so it was a little bit surprising to have that type of killing last night. However, we’ll continue to do our best to make sure that Clarendon is safe,” he asserted.

Police said that at least 33 people have been murdered in the parish since January, compared to 40 over the corresponding period last year.

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