MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams says more police personnel will be deployed to the western parish of St. James in the aftermath of an incident late Friday in which three people were killed by gunmen and six others injured.
The police say the shooting that took place at an internet cafe in the community of New Ramble is linked to the lottery scam.
Head of the St James Police Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth says two persons in the group were the intended targets of the attack.
During a press conference on Saturday, Williams assured residents that the police are committed to the fight against crime and also urged them to disclose information to the cops.
According to Williams more closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed across the parish.
He added that while curfews have been implemented in some areas, a state of emergency is not being contemplated.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has expressed concern about the spike in crime in western parishes, including recent fatal shootings in St. James.
JHTA President Omar Robinson says the situation must be addressed to avoid a fall out in the tourism industry.
He added that industry players will be meeting with Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett on Monday with crime high on the agenda.
Meanwhile, the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is calling for National Security Minister Robert Montague to outline plans to address the crime wave in St. James. The party is recommending the establishment of bipartisan community based action groups to help tackle the problem.