Slain chef was marked for death!
Police investigations have uncovered that an attack on a Clarendon business, which led to the killing of a chef on Monday night, stemmed from a recent dispute over a bicycle.
Information reaching The Star is that the now deceased, Andre Carter, also called Chef, 28, from Board Villa in the parish, had been receiving death threats since the bicycle dispute, and his killers made good on their promise Monday night.
According to police reports, the gunmen entered the SNC Enterprise Bar & Cookshop in Osborne Store, Clarendon, and opened fire hitting an employee several times. A licensed firearm holder who was there challenged the men.
Police said when the shooting subsided, Carter and another man were found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where Carter died while undergoing treatment. The other man who was also shot was treated and admitted, in what is said to be a serious but stable condition.
The police have since named two men as persons of interest in the murder/shooting. The men are Ephraim 'Yellow' Morgan and a man known only as 'Tarzan', both from Red Road in Osborne Store. Police said Morgan has been linked to a number of gun-related crimes in the Osborne Store area and its environs. He was recently detained but released due to lack of evidence.
Jamaica Labour Party Councillor for the Mocho Division, Helen Simpson, who owns the business, said she was in her office when she heard loud explosions.
"We were inside the room and the chef went outside, and about three minutes later, me hear bow-bow-bow," Simpson recalled. "After the arrival of the police, I went outside and assisted the injured to the hospital where the chef was pronounced dead."
The defiant but distraught businesswoman admitted that since operating the multi-business outlet, she has been the victim of over 10 robberies, the most recent was last October where robbers stole her Toyota Rav4 and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"A 10 people work for me everyday, so I am not going to close up my business and run away from the criminals who are plaguing me," Councillor Simpson insisted.