JUST IN: Five shot dead, house burned in Spanish Town

October 09, 2016

A strong detachment of police are now at March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, following the killing of five members of one family and the burning of their dwelling house this morning.

Neither the identities of the five nor their condition have been ascertained. Another two people were injured in the incident.  

It reported that sometime after 3 a.m., explosions were heard inside the yard where the family resides. Checks later revealed the five were shot by unknown persons. 

The incident has resulted in people saying it is caused by gang fighting for turf in the Old Capital. The latest incident has resulted in a massive police presence along the March Pen Road area.

The police confirmed that for the last three consecutive weekends there have been acts of arson along March Pen Road. 

The incident has resulted in business operators expressing "dark days" in their investment as persons are not stopping in Spanish Town. The St Catherine Major Investigative Taskforce is probing the matter.

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