There were scenes of chaos and horror in the Grange Hill area of crime plagued Westmoreland as seven persons, including a mother and her young son, were slaughtered by gunmen on Tuesday, May 1.
Members of the security forces have now converged in the Grange Hill area to restore stability and calm.
There are unconfirmed reports of persons fleeing the community in fear of further attacks, that police sources have disclosed, are linked to gang warfare in the parish.
The victims have not been identified by the police at this time.
In the first shooting incident, gunmen travelling in a silver-coloured motor car drove into the Sterling community sometime after 7 a.m. on Tuesday and opened fire on a number of persons.
When the men left the area, five persons, including a female vendor, were found suffering from gunshot wounds.
They were all rushed to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, where one of the men was pronounced dead. The others remain hospitalized in serious condition.
Gunmen struck again about 8:30 p.m. in the same community at the home of a woman and her two-year-old son, who were both shot dead.
Minutes later, the gunmen then went to another section of the community and opened fire on a man and his son, who both died at the scene.
The mayhem spilled over to the adjoining community of Top Lincoln, where the gunmen opened fire on another group of persons at a shop. In that incident, a man was killed, while another male was injured.
Meanwhile, the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital is said to be overwhelmed with the number of reported gunshot cases coming to the facility.
Westmoreland has seen a major increase in violent crimes as gangsters have reportedly fled the state of emergency in the neighbouring parish of St James and have sought refuge in the area.
More information later.