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Dec 24, 2009

Three shootings in south side in one night

Story PictureOn Wednesday night rival gangs in the south side of the city were on a shooting spree. It has not been confirmed if there’s a link to the murder of Christopher Galvez on Tuesday night, but police say they have reason to believe that the violence was carried out by rival gangs operating in the Kraal Road area. The shootings took place one after the other and stunned even police officers, who were preparing to keep the streets safe for the long Christmas weekend. Two of the shootings occurred on Kraal Road – a hot bed for gangs. Police had not even processed the first shooting when they came under fire themselves.

Clement Palacio, Police Press Officer
“Initially police responded to a shooting that had occurred at the corner of Kraal Road and Haynes Street. One Vince Martinez was in a vehicle in that area. The vehicle came under fire and Vince Martinez shot. He is in a stable condition at the K.H.M.H. He was shot in the back. Police responded and during the processing of the scene they themselves came under fire. During that shooting, one George Young was hit and he’s also hospitalized. The shooting was directed towards the personnel at that time and this person was subsequently hit.”

There was a third shooting, this time on South Street, which the cops say is linked to the Kraal road shootings. While this shooting was not as serious as the first, no one would comment on camera out of fear for their safety. The victim remains in the K.H.M.H. with a bullet wound to his left foot.

Clement Palacio
“One Gilbert Welcome was shot. He told police that he was on South Street when he saw a male person and the male person subsequently fired shots at him. And of course he as well is hospitalized.”

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