Police were forced to move quickly into the city on Friday night to avert what could have been a blood bath between two warring factions.
Gunshots rang out in the island’s main city area sending fear in the lives of bystanders and those living in the vicinity of Melville Street, St. George’s as two gangs squared off.
Dean Dowden who resides at Market Hill, St. George’s is now facing three charges in connection with Friday’s incident.
Dowden has to answer a charge of attempt to commit murder by causing a wound to Yaseen Richards alias “Yam Skin” of Perdmontemps, St. David’s.
A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that 25-year old Richards who allegedly claimed not to have been part of the confrontation taking place in the heart of the city, received a gunshot wound on his right leg.
According to the source, the injured man received “a stray bullet” in his leg as he was passing along Melville Street.
He was rushed to the St. George’s General Hospital to seek medical attention where he was warded as a patient.
Dowden is alleged to have fired a gun during the altercation, for which he is charged with possession of a firearm.
Following the city disturbance, police managed to recover a Gluck .40mm pistol underneath an abandoned house at Williamson Road in St. George’s.
The lawmen believe it is the same firearm that was used in the shooting incident.
The police operation at Williamson Road also recovered a .22 firearm inside of a garbage bin.
However, no one has been charged with its recovery.
Dowden, a bartender by profession, is also charged with possession of five rounds of ammunition.
The 28-year old accused has retained the services of attorney-at-law, Francis Williams to represent his interest in the matter.
Dowden appeared at the St. George’s Number One Magistrate’s Court on Monday where Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill, read the charges to him.
The Chief Magistrate granted him bail in the sum of $15,000 with two sureties.
As part of the bail condition, the Chief Magistrate ordered that Dowden report to the Central Police Station on the Carenage, St. George’s every Monday and Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Although Richards, a butcher by profession, is warded at the hospital, police have also laid a charge of causing harm on him in connection with a wound allegedly inflicted on Dowden.
When Dowden appeared in court in handcuffs, a plaster was visible below his right eye, and another on his right wrist.
Richards is also jointly charged along with Ian Blackette, a 47-year old man of Laura Land, St. David’s, and Rahyim McMeo, a 21-year old bus conductor of Happy Hill St. George’s for causing a wound to 20-year Jamie Dowden on Friday night.
In addition, Richards, is also accused of inflicting a wound on 29-year old Kevin Jones, a welder of Beaton, St. David’s.
This newspaper was reliably informed that the incident involving Jones allegedly occurred at the St. George’s Market on Friday night.
It is alleged that Jones was ambushed from behind by Richards who chopped him with a cutlass on his wrist and back.
Meanwhile, police have recovered a number of offensive weapons from a group of men who were allegedly involved in an incident in the city on Friday night.
They include one sawed-off cutlass, one broken cutlass, and one knife inside of a car that is owned by Horndell Andall.
The lawmen believe these items were intended to be part of the incident that happened in the town of Friday night during which Richards was injured by a stray bullet.