6/17/2005 05:33:00 PM
Art imitating life???
Four killed in robbery attempt - Three Super Plus employees injured - Police vehicle shot up published: Friday | June 17, 2005
Adrian Frater, News Editor
WAVING THEIR guns as they stormed a Super Plus wholesale store in Whitehouse, Westmoreland, four gunmen set the stage for a wild, brazen attempted robbery and when it ended, leaves the four would-be robbers dead, three Super Plus employees wounded, and a police car riddled with bullets.
The attempted robbery started about 11:00 a.m.(11 am to rahtid, thats when they robbing the store, in the middle of the day!!), but what followed next was a wild cops-and-robbers shoot-out that involved a short stand-off, attempted subterfuge by the robbers, and a mob killing by angry residents wielding machetes.
Eyewitnesses to the drama told The Gleaner that shortly after the four robbers entered the store and held up the workers at gunpoint, a police vehicle arrived on the scene. The robbers immediately peppered the police vehicle with bullets, shattering the windshield and forcing the three policemen inside the vehicle to take evasive action.
"De policemen jumped outta de vehicle and started firing back shot while calling for back-up on dem cell phone," said a man(cellphone, not police radio but CELLPHONE!!), who had a blood-stained machete in his hand.(something very wrong with this picture)
As the gunbattle raged, workers ducked for cover inside the building, while residents of the community, drawn to the scene by the prolonged gunfire, gathered outside.(but of course. If you're hearing prolonged gunfire why on earth would you run AWAY from said gunshots??) Two of the gunmen attempted to escape using a paltry attempt at misdirection, but residents quickly spotted the deception.
"We see two a de boys dem coming outta the store wearing red SuperPlus t-shirts. We realise right away dat it was a trick dem trying so we just rush dem and chop out dem daylight,"(breddrin practically admits to murder on tv. Bet nuttin nuh happen to him) one man explained, his voice almost purple with anger as he flashed his machete in the air.
After seeing how their colleagues were brutally dispatched, the remaining robbers opted for the relative safety of the store and attempted to hold the cops off for as long as possible. (But of course, I mean in the movies they NEVER run out of bullets, right?!) They took pot shots at the lawmen at regular intervals but the lawmen, hoping to flush them out, responded by lobbing teargas canisters into the building through a glass door which had been shattered by bullets.
"When the teargas start tek de bwoy dem we just see dem start running outta de building and firing shots like dem mad," said an elderly female, who described the incident as a first in Whitehouse. "The policeman just run down pon dem and give it to dem. De residents then join in and finish dem up with some good (machete) licks." (Residents helping police play judge jury and executioner. Something very very wrong with this picture)
Four illegal firearms were seized by the cops. The SuperPlus workers -- two men and one woman -- are now at the Black River Hospital.
"One of the men was shot in the abdomen, and any gunshot would to the abdomen is considered serious," Acting Divisional Detective Inspector Paul Simms, said.
On the way to the scene of the shoot-out, The Gleaner news team encountered a speeding three-vehicle police convoy with blaring sirens heading in the opposite direction. Two of the vehicles had what appeared to be lifeless legs hanging out of the trunks of the vehicles, while an ambulance with its roofrack of flashing red lights and siren travelled a short distance behind.
"These men (the dead gunmen) are not from these parts because nobody here knows then," said Inspector Cyril Brissette, of the Westmoreland Police.
Bashmentbasses did sey...
You beat Nix to the punch. Anyway, I abhor the violence and believe that chopping up is cruel indeed. That said, I'm sorry they were dispatched that way, but had they not resorted to crime they wouldn't have met such an end.
All actions have consequences.
Sweet Simone did sey...
Another interesting day in the life of a Jamaican...U hear gunshots and u run towards them armed with a machete. In order to help the police in their fight AGAINST CRIME u CHOP the assailants...to DEATH. But then again, what could be running thru these guys heads to try this in the country, don't they read (or hear) the news?
bassChocolate did sey...
D, I don't even know to start, cuz as you rightly said, there are a million things wrong with that picture. My one thought now is not only do we have a problem with murderers, we also have an entire country with a mentality for murder. It's sad.
Bashmentbasses did sey...
Ppl in this country are getting fed up and taking the law into their own hands. Crowd psychology makes monsters of us all. Getting caught up in the madness as your blood boils.
Why weren't the police able to rescue any of them?
Haha they got what they deserved...