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Police are closing in on a suspect in the firing spree in the Ghetto

The Carenage - home of the “ghetto” for some of the “bad boys” in the city

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is confident that before long someone would be taken into custody for questioning in connection with Saturday night’s shooting spree around the Carenage Ghetto in which 26 shots were fired within a 90-minute time span.

“We are comfortably advancing our investigations into the Saturday night incident,” said a top police officer who did not want to give specific details about the ongoing investigation.

The officer denied claims made by some residents who were under lockdown during the commotion that the Police did not respond to their pleas for help.

“Sadly, this is not accurate. We stand committed to working with the public as we take our security mandate very serious,” he said.

“The security of the state is for our collective benefit and we are committed to pursue the rogue elements whose ambition is to create fear among our citizens,” he added.

THE NEW TODAY understands that police investigators have a suspect under the radar who is a deportee from the United States with links to the Ghetto.

A resident reportedly spotted the individual moving out of the ghetto after the final burst of 14 gunshots were rapidly fired just after 11.00 p.m.

Another resident spoke of seeing the suspect with two different guns on the night and firing off several shots.

The top cop said the police are not adverse to negative comments from the public about their performance but appealed for assistance and co-operation in helping to deal with the criminal elements.

“I believe the energy should be placed on speaking out against crime and the reckless and uncaring action that can affect public safety and investment.

“As I said, it’s a “we thing” and the police welcome all hands on deck in order to keep crime in check.

“We cannot reveal our strategy but like in other cases where the doubters spoke loudly, we will succeed in this one with welcoming arms open to the public for their usual support.”

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A resident who called THE NEW TODAY as soon as the first ten volley of shots were fired off just after 10.00 p.m said that he was forced to seek shelter inside the house during the ordeal as he felt that the gunshots were coming from an area that he referred to as “almost in the ghetto – just going down into the ghetto’.”

“I was afraid. I did not look out. My wife was ducking – the last set of bullets that went off she was ducking inside the house. It was a terrible night,” he said.

There are also reports that a Superintendent of Police who retired from the police service a few months ago and is known to be living in the area close to the Ghetto also took cover inside his home in order to avoid any stray bullets that might enter the house.

There are two police stations located within 800 yards of The Carenage Ghetto – the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the entrance of Green Street and the other is Central Police Station which is very close to the head office of the Grenada Ports Authority (GPA).

Underworld sources have been reporting that a large shipment of arms and ammunition came into the country recently and those behind the recent spate of gunshot firing in St George are now engaged in test firing of the weapons.

There have been reports that on Old Year’s night, the sounds of gunshots were heard for about an hour in almost the same area close to the Ghetto.

Police insiders suspect that the firing of the weapons could be done by one gang to send a message to another rival in their battle for control of some of the illegal activities taking place in the country, especially the cocaine business.

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