wo men have been charged in connection with the murder of two-year-old Demario Whyte, who was shot dead on Luke Lane in downtown Kingston, last week.
Head of the Area Four Police, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Terrence Bent a short while ago confirmed that the men were charged this evening.
Demario, his father and his uncle were shot after men armed with firearms drove into the community and opened fire at the corner where they were sitting about 8:30 pm last Tuesday.
The toddler’s father was reportedly shot twice in his foot and once in his stomach, while his brother was shot in the face.
Meanwhile, head of the Kingston Western Police Division Superintendent Howard Chambers today confirmed that 17 of the 20 men who were listed as persons of interest have turned themselves in to the police.
Chambers said that out of the 17 people, 11 remain in custody, while six have been questioned and released.
Chambers further added that at least two of the 11 people who are still in police custody will be charged in connection with the upsurge in gun violence in sections of downtown Kingston.
At the same time, Superintendent Chambers appealed to the three remaining persons of interest to turn themselves in to the police.
The police are of the view that conflicts involving rival gangs in Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens, as well as extortion, are among the major factors contributing to the upsurge in crime.