September 27, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby Photo Traumatised children in King Hill, Montego bay, St James.

Barking guns and flying bullets in Montego Bay, St James, have resulted in parents in King Gate, Anchovy, keeping their children away from school.

A seven-year-old student at Anchovy Primary School told THE STAR yesterday that he would like to go out to school today, but he is scared.

"I could not sleep last night (Sunday), I was scared. The gunshots were loud," the boy said.




Nearly 200 people have been murdered in St James since the start of the year, approximately 15 of whom have died in the past two weeks. Sunday was bloody in King Gate, a little known community in western Jamaica. Police say that sometime after 6 p.m., at the conclusion of a football game, gunmen opened fire at patrons at a nearby shop. Two men 18 and 22, were shot and killed and four others injured and are currently hospitalised in stable condition.

Loud explosions, the smell of gun smoke, and blood stains became the identity of the community on Sunday and tainted the memory of the residents, especially children who were not accustomed to such happenings.

According to residents of the usually quiet community, shock and disbelief have them living on edge and in a state of confusion.

A parent told our news team, "Nobody send dem children to school today cause we nuh know weh it a come off of. We dont know what next to expect."

"This come as surprise to all of us. Is about 40 years now we nuh have murder in this area," another parent told THE STAR.

Sunday's fatal shooting occurred sometime after 6 p.m. at the conclusion of a football game that drew scores of spectators who gathered at a shop.

The seven-year-old with whom THE STAR spoke said that the violence has pushed him and his other cousin, who was also absent from school, to join the army.

"We want to become soldiers so we can protect the place. It's my home."

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