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Mountain View tense again

By Dwayne Mcleod, Staff Reporter

The Mountain View area in east Kingston is tense yet again after the shooting death of Jarrett Lane's area leader, Gregory Thompson, more known in his circles as 'Palla'.

THE STAR heard that Johnson on Saturday evening left Jarrett Lane by himself on a trip to St. James to visit his girlfriend. However, as destiny would have it, he would never be seen alive again.

Police reports are that at about 6:45 a.m., Johnson was at home in Johnson Common, Bickersteth, St. James, when two armed men entered and opened fire hitting him. He was subsequently taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sporadic gunshots

Jarrett Lane residents are fearful as they claim violence will erupt whether it be for a reprisal or otherwise.

"Right now di place real tense, 'Palla' was a good don and mi nuh tink nobody can replace him ... shot ago fire, mi know seh shot ago fire," one resident said.

There were reports of sporadic gunshots being exchanged between men from Jarrett Lane and men from Jacques Road on Saturday night and continuing into Sunday morning.

Residents from surrounding communities theorise that the shootings were in some way related to the death of Thompson; however, sources attached to the Kingston East police explained to THE STAR that the incidents were not related.

"Thompson died sometime after 6 this morning (yesterday) and there was reported gunfire in the area from the previous night, so the two incidents are not related," an officer explained.

A high-ranking officer attached to the division also noted that as a result of the tension in the area, the police will be looking to increase their presence in the area in an attempt at keeping the peace.

"Mountain View is as a very sensitive area, in cases like this, we will have to increase our presence to ensure calm and safety for the residents," the officer noted.

October 22, 2007

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