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Mar 17, 2014

Gunmen open fire at a crowd at a basketball game

Three persons were injured following a friendly basketball game in the North Creek area off the Central American Boulevard on Sunday night in what is believed to be gang related violence. Two gunmen on bicycles approached a crowd of spectators and opened fire. The group of men, women and youth ran for cover, but three persons, including a female minor, were hit. They are North Creek residents Justin Orellano, Kenyon Moss and a minor of Dolphin Street. Orellano, Moss and the minor were sitting in a parked car on the basketball court when the gunmen fired several shots in their direction. Duane Moody reports.

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Duane Moody, Reporting

On Sunday, residents in the North Creek area gathered at the basketball court for a friendly game. But just after eight p.m., following the game, the carefree ambience was shattered by shots fired at several persons on the court; three were hit. Residents scattered at the site of two gunmen approaching on separate bicycles.

 

Voice of: Hortence Lynch, Shooting Victim

“Everybody mi deh pan di basketball court and then some of the boys weh mi di play the basketball and I mi di sit on the car—me and two other friends weh get shot. But before the incident when the bwai dehn done play basketball, dehn come and wah car pass. One ah my friends say the car noh look right; ih look suspicious. That pass and shortly after that, when we were sitting on the car and dehn two gone ina the yard. Then dah mi just me and the two other male persons—I mi did it down pan the car. I noh even know gunshot mi di happen. Dah when I see my two male friends dehn run, then I get up and I start run and then I hear the gunshot.”

 

Lynch, a student of Gwen Lizarraga High School, was shot to the right knee; treated and released from the hospital. Eighteen year old Kenyon Moss was shot once to the right thigh and twenty-four year old Justin Orellano was hit twice to the lower back. While Orellano is now at home recovering, Moss is currently hospitalized at the K.H.M.H.

 

Rose Crawford

Rose Crawford, Mother of Kenyon Moss

“Thank god he is doing well at this point in time. They have him under observation so within twenty-four hours I will know exactly what will happened.”

 

It is believed that all three were not the intended targets; they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Residents believe that the shooting was motivated by gang rivalry.

 

Rose Crawford

“He is not really into no gang, but you know how it is with these youth outta road. And sometimes you are just at the wrong place at the wrong time. That son of mine, he is the one that is usually inside. So the devil is very busy. And as I told him, I said babe god is not sleeping. So everything sends a message. Now dah fi you learn and be more wiser. So if ih even mi di choose to be a gang member, this is his first wakeup call because it came innocent to him.”

 

Voice of: Hortence Lynch

“I feel like I mi wah can’t walk again because I know once yo get shot ina yo foot and yo noh know weh happen to it, yo might have a fifty-fifty chance of either walk or noh walk. So my experience, I mi feel bad because I neva expect that to happen to me. Dah just that I mi deh ina di wrong place at the wrong time.”

 

Several persons are in custody in relation to this latest shooting. Duane Moody for News Five.

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