"Firearm holder foils bus robbery"

From the Jamaica Gleaner:

Thursday | September 25, 2008
Traffic in the vicinity of Cross Roads, St Andrew, came to a standstill yesterday morning, following a shooting on a bus loaded with passengers, which left them terrified and two robbers dead.

The men were shot by a licensed firearm holder who took them on, along with their four accomplices, at 9 a.m.

The accomplices fled.

Police personnel blocked off the road to collect evidence, forcing motorists to seek alternative routes to get to their destinations.

The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) reported that the six thugs attempted to rob a bus travelling from downtown Kingston.

According to CCN, the men boarded the bus at Torrington Bridge and, on reaching the intersection of Studio One Boulevard and Slipe Road, brandished guns and knives and began to demand money and other valuables from the passengers.

The licensed firearm holder, who was a passenger in the bus, challenged the men, killing two on the spot - Kashka Clarke and Damian Williams.

But Clarke's family members claimed that he was not a criminal. Elaine Scott, the mother of the 23-year-old, said her son was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. "He is a janitor at a hotel. He's not a criminal," Scott said. . . .

Thanks very much to Steve in TN for sending me this link.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"MY BABY, DIN'T DOO NUFFIN"! How many times do we hear this? Nearly every time a young black man is involved in criminal activity. I would almost put down even money that he was an aspiring rapper. Do they really think he was shot for just standing there? I bet there are a few witnesses on the bus that have a different view.

10/10/2008 12:26 PM  

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