(CMR) Due to a sharp increase in shootings and gun-related violence over the past two weeks, the US Embassy has issued a warning to all US government employees not to travel to August Town in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Embassy has also prohibited employees and US citizens from traveling to several communities, using public buses, and driving outside of proscribed areas of Kingston at nights.
The warning comes days after reputed gang leader Christopher Linton, otherwise called ‘Dog Paw', was reportedly killed during an alleged confrontation with the police near Papine, St. Andrew, on Monday afternoon.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force reported that about 2 o'clock, a team intercepted a vehicle in which armed men were believed to be traveling. Dog Paw reportedly alighted the vehicle and opened fire at the police in Elletson Flats. There was a reported shootout, and Dog Paw was found suffering from bullet wounds. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said they expected reprisals for killing the gang leader who was released from prison earlier this year after having a 15-year conviction overturned for shooting at a police team in Papine.