Man on gun charges killed after leaving court
A Montego Bay man who was before the courts on gun-related charges was murdered shortly after being granted an extension to his bail in the St James Parish Court yesterday.
"While we don't have all the details at this time, we can confirm that the man who was killed is Stephen Elvis Malcolm, who is of a Canterbury address in Montego Bay," Senior Superintendent of Police Marlon Nesbeth, the commanding officer for St. James, said.
After leaving the courthouse, Malcolm, 24, boarded a car, which drove towards the top of Howard Cooke Boulevard. However, he had hardly travelled 100 metres when all hell broke loose. Two cars reportedly blocked the path of the car in which he was travelling and sprayed him with bullets.
"Some man with long guns jump out a de two car dem and turn on fire pon the other car," said a woman, who claimed she witnessed the incident. "The men dem then jumped back inna dem cars and drive weh."
The incident, which took place around 11:30 a.m., saw a section of downtown Montego Bay being subjected to heavy gunfire.
"It was scary as hell ... It was like I was watching a movie, only that it was real ... It is the first time I have ever witnessed anything like this ... Even when it was over I was still trembling," another eyewitness told The STAR.
Malcolm's death lifts the murder count in St. James to 168 since the start of the year.
"We are planning to roll out a new crime-fighting plan any day now because we are deeply concerned about the crime situation," said SSP Nesbeth. "While things are not looking good at this time, we have been getting some successes in terms arresting wanted men and seizing illegal weapons."