By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE men are dead and four are fighting for their lives in hospital after a weekend of violence rocked the capital. The bloody spree follows nine killings in the space of seven days – taking the murder count for last two weeks to 12.
In the first murder, police said a man was walking through Meadow Lane off East Street when he was approached by four other men.
The victim reportedly got into an argument with one of the men, which resulted in him being shot multiple times in the chest and abdomen.
He was taken to hospital by a private car, and died of his injuries at around 10am on Saturday.
Police have not officially identified the victim but The Tribune has learned he is 26-year-old Plillario Simmons of Podoleo Street.
Simmons was on bail for stealing and receiving and was also wearing an electronic monitoring device.
At present police have no one in custody for this murder.
A few hours later, around 6am, police received information of a brawl in the parking lot of the Independence Shopping Centre.
The fight resulted in three men being stabbed.
They were all taken to hospital where one man died around 10.30am after being stabbed multiple times in the chest and abdominal areas.
A second male is listed in hospital in critical condition and the third male was treated and discharged.
Active police investigations continue.
Police are also investigating the circumstances into the death of a man who was found floating in a pond around 7:20am Saturday.
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was discovered in a blood stained white and red shirt and blue underwear, lying face down in the pond at the rear of the National Insurance Building, Baillou Hill Road.
A pair of blue jeans and black sneakers were also found in bushes close to the victim.
Police sources say the man, who is believed to be in his mid-twenties, was discovered with multiple head and hand injuries.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 45-year-old man of Coco Plum Lane off Florida Court is in serious condition in hospital after being shot multiple times.
Police say the victim was at his residence around 11:30pm on Saturday when he was approached by a male and shot multiple times in the chest.
Police are also investigating a stabbing incident that left a 26-year-old man of Robinson Road in hospital.
According to reports, the victim was at Robinson Road at 9pm on Saturday when he was approached by a man known to him and stabbed in the neck and leg.
He was taken to hospital where he is listed in serious, but stable condition.
Police are investigating and are appealing to members of the public who may have any information regarding any of these incidents to contact them at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.
The murder count now stand at 56 for this year.
On Friday, Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said reducing the murder count was not only realistic, but necessary as the government moves forward this year.
He said the government was in the process of setting targets along with policies and operations to combat crime, a feat he claimed marred the previous Ingraham administration.