The death of a 13-year-old boy in hospital has brought to five the number of people shot and killed in Kingstown Wednesday night.
With five months still remaining in the year, the homicides count — 35 — which includes four people shot and killed by police officers, is just seven shy of last year’s record-setting 42.
Police have not released the names of the shooting victims.
However, iWitness News has been reliably informed that they are: Lamont Hector aka “Dutchie”, of Paul’s Avenue; Jamal “Dutty” Bobb, of Ottley Hall; Dondre Hillocks, of Long Wall; Ricky Taylor, of Long Wall; and, Kashie Primus, a 13-year-old student, of Long Wall.
All of the victims except Primus died at the scene. Primus was rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, where he died.
A video recording of the gunfire in Kingstown has been circulated via social media.
The video was taken some distance away from the shooting and one person with military training who has seen it, told iWitness News that it sounded as if multiple weapons, including an assault weapon was used during the shooting.
The video begins with a female voice saying that gunshot had rung out “on the block”, a colloquial reference to a roadside hang out spot.
Then, there were two quick bursts of what the source said sounded like automatic gunfire, followed by a series of quick-fire single shots apparently from a semi-automatic handgun, followed by another burst of automatic gunfire.
A white SUV is then seen reversing before speeding away from the scene.
iWitness News was reliably informed that a law enforcement officer heard the gunshots and was about to respond to the scene when the white SUV came speeding down the road.
The officer gave chase in his private vehicle but is said to have lost the vehicle after a minibus, swung into the traffic at the Peace Memorial Hall, presumably inadvertently causing the SUV to escape.
Hector was killed two and a half years after he and two other people were shot and injured in Arnos Vale.
On Dec. 5, 2020 around 5 a.m., Hector, along with a female, said to be a nurse, and Philmore “Best Dress” Hull, was leaving Envy Nightclub in Arnos Vale when someone wearing a hoodie opened fire on them.
Hector was shot once in each arm while the nurse was shot in her leg. Hull was shot in the chest and stomach.
Hector has also made the headlines on a number of occasions because of charges that police have brought against him, including for money and drug possession.
In October 2017, Hector pleaded guilty while another man pleaded not guilty in connection with a possession of cocaine charge brought against them after a police operation in Paul’s Avenue.
Hector was ordered to pay EC$900 forthwith while the charge against the other man was withdrawn.
Bobb has also has made the headlines on a number of occasions, having been charged with armed robbery and wounding.
In June 2020, at the Serious Offences Court, he was freed after a preliminary inquiry of a charge that on June 21, 2019, at Edinboro, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Atiba Best, of Ottley Hall, by shooting him on his left shoulder with a gun.