Gunmen take out three in Bogue, Fyffes Pen

Gunmen take out three in Bogue, Fyffes Pen

BY GARFIELD MYERS
Editor-at-Large
South/Central Bureau
myersg@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Up to Sunday, March 24, the St Elizabeth police records showed only four murders since the start of 2019.

All those were said to have resulted from domestic disputes, with the gun being responsible for just one death.

Then in the space of less than an hour Sunday night, everything changed.

The murder toll reached seven following two shooting incidents close to 30 miles apart, at Bogue in the northeast of the parish and Fyffes Pen in the northwest.

Police say that in the first incident at Bogue, Malik Cameron a labourer from the community, and 28-year-old Trevor Powell, a landscaper from neighbouring Goshen were shot dead.

The police say that at about 7:55 pm Sunday residents heard gunshots and summoned the police. When the lawmen arrived at the scene they found Cameron and Powell lying on the road with multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at hospital.

In the second incident, which police say occurred at about 8:30 pm, Donovan Samuels of Whitehouse in Westmoreland and Campbell Town, St Elizabeth, was shot dead as he played a game of cards in a yard at Fyffes Pen. According to a police report, “armed men allegedly approached and opened fire, hitting him multiple times”. Samuels was pronounced dead at hospital.

Shadonna “Puncie” Wilmot, mother of Samuels’s one year-old son told a Jamaica Observer team on Tuesday that she had been watching as Samuels played poker with friends when she walked away to put her baby to bed. That’s when she heard the gunshots, and ran back out to find her boyfriend on the ground, dead.

Others at the large yard – with several houses – in Fyffes Pen, told the Observer they too had missed the actual shooting. “The people who saw not here,” one young woman said.

Police sources told the Observer, checks had revealed that Samuels was known to be “out of sorts” with others in Westmoreland and had actually been hospitalised at one time, following a knife attack. However, Wilmot said she knew nothing of such reports though she’d been in a relationship with Samuels for the past three years.

Wilmot said what she knew was that Samuels had a 10-year-old daughter in New Town, Black River, St Elizabeth, and was “a good father and good person”. Said she: “If anybody ask him (Samuels) for anything,’im not gwi tell them no, and ‘im cooperate with everybody in the community”.

When the Observer visited the scene of the double murder in Bogue, remnants of yellow police caution tape gave an idea of the area on a stretch of unpaved road, in front of an unoccupied house where the tragedy took place.

Dalton Robinson, step-father of dead teenager Malik Cameron, was one of only two people around. He told the newspaper that he was at home in neighbouring George’s Valley when the incident happened and that like many other people he was struggling to understand what could have triggered it.

“I don’t know him [Malik) as having no bad company. I don’t how know come this. He was a good youth… finish school at Balaclava [Roger Clarke High]. I don’t know how Malik dead and Malik don’t trouble people…,” said Robinson, who appeared to know very little about the second victim, Powell, whom he referred to as “Rasta”.

Robinson said he had been told that Powell and Cameron had just come in “off the road” riding a motor bike. Then they remounted and rode off again.

Suddenly, two men ran from a roofless, storm-damaged building across the road, and raced after the motorcycle riders firing shots, hitting Powell and Cameron. The killers had apparently being waiting in the wrecked building for some time, Robinson said.

He said he was told that onlookers exclaimed “den a whe dem deh man deh come from? Di next ting dem hear is pure gunshot… is night, so I don’t know if anybody coulda know dem [the killers],” he said.

When contacted, police investigators were tight-lipped about the progress of their investigation into the Bogue killings.

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