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Jul 4, 2016

Kent Brooks Jr. Remains Hospitalized after Deadly South Side Shooting…

Eighteen-year-old Kent Brooks Junior remains bedridden at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being shot last Wednesday.  During the deadly incident which occurred on La Croix Boulevard sometime around eight-thirty that night, his friend Kieran Morrison lost his life.  The shooting is strongly believed to be the result of an ongoing feud between rival gangs operating within the Saint Martin’s area.  The bloodbath has prompted police to ramp up their presence in the neighborhood and efforts remain in place to stage an intervention to bring the opposing parties to a ceasefire.  According to ACP Chester Williams, it is quite possible that tension between the Backalands Crew and the PIV gang can flare up as a result of the fatal attack.

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“We do know that that area has two aggressive gangs and the fact that there is a fatal shooting involving them there is great potential for a flare up and, as police, we normally anticipate these things and put things in place to be able to calm the situation.  So, separate and apart from interventions that we normally do, we still put in place measures to be able to monitor the movements of people as well as to be able to be on the ground to conduct the relevant stop and search and targeting of those persons that we need to target to let them know that the police are here and you’re not going to have your way and we have seen that the measures we have put in the area are working.  Separate and apart from the checkpoint we also put in additional checkpoints in the area, so the police presence in that area right now is very high and we will maintain that presence for a long time because we need to give people a time to heal and if we withdraw without healing then you find that people will still be angry and will take matters into their own hands.  So we’re trying to prevent that from occurring.”

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