Tensions are escalating in the Parade Gardens community of Central Kingston following a double murder after a burial in St. Catherine yesterday afternoon.
Another shooting was carried out in the community around midnight last night where one person was shot.
These shootings are reportedly linked to the ongoing Genasyde Gang and Darksyde Gang conflict, that’s been simmering for the past 18 months.
The shooting at the funeral is the second high profile incident linked to these feuding factions in the last two weeks.
Tauna Thomas reports.
It’s not unusual to hear gun shots ringing out in the Old Capital .
But this time, the trigger men are believed to be aligned to a gang based in a volatile section of Parade Gardens in Central Kingston known as Tel-a-viv.
When the shooting stopped a mini-bus that was taking a group of people from a funeral was riddled with bullet holes.
Preliminary reports suggest at least five people were shot.
Two women succumbed to their injuries, while three others, including a child, are nursing gun shot wounds at hospital.
Eye witnesses say three armed men opened fire on the bus as it left the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St. Catherine causing the vehicle to crash into a pole.
The mini-bus was reportedly carrying mostly women and children.
The man who was laid to rest was 23 year-old Troy Terrelonge otherwise called ‘Weed Seed’.
Terrelonge was allegedly killed by members of the Genasyde Gang on January 28 this year.
Sources say Terrelonge reportedly switched allegiances from the Genasyde gang to the Darksyde gang shortly before he was killed.
Just hours after the double murder in St. Catherine there was a drive-by shooting on the corner of Tower Street and Maiden Lane in the Central Kingston community.
One man was reportedly shot and injured. He was rushed to the hospital where he’s being treated.
It’s understood both gangs often times engage in drive-by shootings to launch attacks on each other.
On April 16 the ongoing feud between the gangs spilled onto the streets of the capital by way of a spectacular car chase.
This after a drive-by shooting was carried out on the base of the Genasyde [GENNA-SIDE] Gang at the corner of George’s Lane and Laws Street, by gangsters reportedly affiliated with the Darksyde [DARK-SIDE] gang.
Five people were shot in that incident. 20 year-old Dontay Coburn from East Street in the community, died a day later in hospital.
The car chase ended 10-kilometres away in Harbour View where the police seized two firearms and 17 rounds of ammunition.
Four men were arrested and charged following that incident.
They are 28-year-old Toussaint Baker, 26-year-old Renardo McLeod, 28-year-old Kentice Williston, and 27-year-old Steven Boreland, otherwise called ‘Birdie’.