Hours after the murder of PH driver Ashar Kirby at the carpark of KFC Westmoorings, an entourage of police officers launched a massive exercise in L’anse Mitan, Carenage.
Mario Villarroel Lander
Four people were arrested during the operation which started at around 4.30 am. Sources said three of the people held are from Upper L’anse Mitan and one other from an adjacent street.
The exercise, which involved police officers from several units including the Inter-Agency Task Force, ended at around left about 8.30 am. It is not known if any of the people arrested are connected Thursday night’s incident
Sources told Guardian Media, Kirby picked up Jamal “Etumbay” Samuel and his girlfriend and took them to KFC outlet at Westmoorings. The woman told police she went into the KFC outlet, bought a meal, dropped it off on the car and returned into the restaurant to collect the drinks. She said she heard loud explosions and saw two gunmen shooting from a distance at the Almera motor vehicle. The incident occurred at about 10.30 pm
Kirby was shot several times and died minutes later, while Samuel escaped with non-life threatening injuries. Police believe the shooting was gang-related
Residents of L’anse Mitan said they were confused when they woke up this morning and saw several police vehicles and police officers moving into homes and conducting searches
“We don’t know who they came looking for but they were very busy and only up and down the road, ” said one resident who wished not to be identified
She said she has been living in the area for more than 60 years and blames criminal gangs and gang-related activities on “outsiders” who have infiltrated the “peaceful and hilly fishing village.”
The resident told Guardian Media: “Here is a real nice place but it have a lot of young people that grow up here and they are befriending people from other areas and bringing them here and harbouring them and they are the ones who are the bad influencers and causing the trouble.”
A group of residents sitting near a mini-mart refused to say much about the increase of crime in the area because they said they were afraid of becoming targets of the criminals. However, there have been reports of sporadic gunshots in the area almost daily
In the past four months, police and soldiers have carried out numerous exercises and arrested suspects various offences, including possession of arms and ammunition possession, illegal drugs and shooting incidents