Everton Johnson shot dead in Westmoreland
A businessman is the latest victim of gun violence in Westmoreland after he was shot dead in Fullersfield in the parish on Friday.
He has been identified 22-year-old Everton Johnson.
According to reports, Johnson was at his business establishment when two men drove up on a motorcycle about 5:30 pm.
Further reports are that the men ordered cigarettes and while being served the items, they pulled firearms.
Johnson tried to flee from the armed men, but he was chased and shot several times in the upper body.
Residents who heard the gunshots alerted the police and they later found Johnson suffering from bullet wounds. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Last week, Westmoreland Custos, Hartley Perrin, predicted that the extra police sent to the area, would not immediately solve this bloody crisis. “I am very happy for the meeting, but I don’t get the impression that the plans that are going to be coming are immediate solutions. They are more future than for present,”.
He went on: “I had expected that perhaps the minister was going to say Westmoreland is going to become a zone of special operations or something like that. While I don’t have the answers to all that is happening, I would hope to see some measure of control because we just can’t continue like this. Too much blood is being spilt and it overshadows everything else”.
Perrin’s words have unfortunately come to fruition, as more blood has been spilt and a solution is nowhere in sight.
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