Political Violence in Jamaica
Dec. 29, 2001
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Gunmen in a politically divided Kingston neighborhood sprayed a row of houses with gunfire, leaving two people dead and a six-year-old girl injured, police said Friday.
The shooting in Mountain View in east Kingston Wednesday night was part of a holiday surge of gun violence in and around the capital that has left 14 dead in in the last four days, said Deputy Police Superintendent James Forbes.
The killings included two murders, four double murders and two gang-style shootings, as well the latest murder, he said.
After the shooting Wednesday in Mountain View, the armed attackers yelled to residents that they also would be killed unless they abandoned their homes.
The injured girl was in stable condition. Police made no arrests.
Gangs loyal to the governing People's National Party and the opposition Jamaica Labor Party began feuding in Mountain View after four opposition supporters were shot to death at home in early September.
Since then, over 20 people have been killed in fighting police attribute to the gangs.
Gang members often attack homes in politically contested areas in bids to drive people with rival political loyalties from the neighborhood.