Gangsters fighting for Riverton dump
The residents of Riverton City said they are imploring the gangsters to cease the gunfire in the Kingston 11 community.
Speaking with THE STAR under anonymity, one female resident said the ongoing violence has forced her to quit her job.
"First ting, no staff bus nah enter inna Riverton, and it's rough to walk alone go in sometimes. Dem man ya walk wid dem gun in broad daylight, so you can only imagine what goes on in the nights," she said.
She stated that there is frequent police presence in the area, but the hoodlums are often 'smarter'.
"Dem man ya no fraid a police at all. More time, the place come like ghost town and another time the people dem just push out regardless. The pickney dem get use to the sound a gunshot that more time when dem hear it them just continue do whe dem a do unbothered," she said.
Superintendent Aaron Fletcher of the Hunts Bay police said that he is aware of a flare-up of violence between the Blingas and Shanti gangs.
"When you study the vegetation and the outlay, they know the terrain so well, so it's easy for them to make good their escape. Now how they conceal their weapon is something else because search as you may, it is a challenge to find them, given the amount of junk and mounds of rubble that is there," he said.
Fletcher said the dump is of great economic value to the residents and cited it as a major reason for the ongoing feud.
"What is garbage for others is sometimes useful to them. So from that they get items for the scrap-metal trade, items for recycling and other items which they use in their own way to derive economic benefit," he said.
He said there have been several shooting incidents in recent weeks and at least one murder, that of a 16-year-old, who is alleged to have been a member of the Blingas posse.
"The practice is that sometimes when the trucks come in to dump, they (gangsters) will come on them and have them dump the garbage where they want them to," he said.
Fletcher stated that though the gangsters generate much revenue from the dump, with no one to teach or encourage them how to smartly use the funds, they often purchase high-powered weapons.
"Based on the gunshots being fired, it is evident that there is a lot of firearms and ammunition in that space but we vow to make the area calm," he said.