NIGHT OF TERROR - Two dead, houses burnt in Granville attack

September 27, 2021
These houses were set ablaze in Granville, St. James, by hoodlums.
These houses were set ablaze in Granville, St. James, by hoodlums.
Senior Superintendent of Police Vernon Ellis (left), Member of Parliament of St James West Central Marlene Malahoo Forte  (centre) and Dr Horace Chang, the minister of national security, tour a section of Granville, St James following Sunday morning’s bloody attack.
Senior Superintendent of Police Vernon Ellis (left), Member of Parliament of St James West Central Marlene Malahoo Forte (centre) and Dr Horace Chang, the minister of national security, tour a section of Granville, St James following Sunday morning’s bloody attack.
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A St James family getting ready to bury a family member on Wednesday now finds itself in the position where a second burial must be planned. This is as a result of yesterday's murder of Osane Brown, 30, otherwise called Nico, of Gunns Drive in Granville, St James.

Brown, as well as Ensworth Bucknor, 64, otherwise called 'Lance Bread', a technician, also of Gunns Drive, died following a horrific attack in the community early yesterday.

Police reports indicate that shortly after 1 a.m., men armed with high-powered weapons went to a yard in Gunns Drive where they opened fire hitting Osane Brown multiple times. The 30-year-old Brown ran from the scene and sought refuge in a neighbour's house, where he died.

The gunmen then set fire to Brown's house before leaving. The blaze spread to two adjoining units, one of which was occupied by Bucknor. He was burnt to death after being trapped inside.

One of Brown's sister told THE STAR that her family has been struck with a series of tragedies since the last two years.

"Gunman jus kill wi younger brother, Odane, a Burnt Savanna inna St Elizabeth, and a this Wednesday wi a plan fi bury him. And seet yah now, gunman cum kill Osane," the weeping woman said.

"A 2019 wi mother dead, and the same time mi Aunty cum from foreign fi bury har, fi har daughter dead inna child's birth, mi nuh know, mi just don't know," the sister added.

National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, and Member of Parliament for the area, Marlene Malahoo Forte, who visited the scene, said it is clear that the attack was well-planned.

"Although it was designed to take the police off guard, they were very near, because they were here in Granville and they responded almost immediately, but at that hour in the morning, with the darkness, and men with high-powered weapons, and the police had to be careful how they engaged them," Chang said.

Malahoo Forte noted that the mayhem unfolded during curfew hours. She said that it demonstrates a high level of calculatedness on the part of the criminals.

One of Bucknor's daughter, Nekisha, said that she was awoken by the barrage of gunshots and later received a chilling phone call that her father's house was on fire. She was unable to respond.

"Mi could not come outside because it sound like a World War II bruck out inna the community," Bucknor said.

"When wi do get a chance fi come out, that time mi father already burnt to death, an him house burn down flat. That man was one of the kindest and most loving person you could find. Him never deserve to die," she added.

A third member of the community was shot in his upper body. He has been admitted to hospital in critical condition.

An elderly resident told THE STAR that the intensity of the gunfire cause him to lose control of his bladder.

"Mi naah tell nuh lie, mi p!$$ up miself over 10 times wen mi hear di gunshot dem a fire out a door. A only inna war show mi hear suh much gunshot," the elderly man said.

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