Communications Manager at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC, Cecil Thoms, has confirmed the state-owned bus company is sending additional buses to Downtown Kingston.

He says 7 to 10% of the company’s usual deployment to downtown is being sent to the area.

According to Mr. Thoms, the company took the decision in light of reports that businesses and shoppers have been told by gangsters to leave the area.

This development comes a day after a reputed ex-lieutenant of former West Kingston Don, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was among those gunned down over the weekend.

Dead is 51-year-old Harry McLeod otherwise called ‘Harry Dog.’

***This story has been updated