Police and soldiers blanket East Kingston

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA police military team is has been dispatched to sections of East Kingston where rival gangs have attacked and shot five people - two fatally - in three separate incidents over the last 24 hour.

Police reports indicate that in the first incident at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, a number of persons were standing in the Brydon Street area of the Kingston Eastern Police Division, when a group of men walked up brandishing guns.

Reports are that the men opened fire, hitting two men in the process. The attackers then fled the scene.

The injured men were rushed to hospital, where they were admitted for treatment. The police said three hours later, another group of men went to a neighbouring section of Brae Street and opened fire at a group of persons, before also fleeing the area.

Two men were subsequently found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were rushed to hospital, where one succumbed to his injuries.

The deadly skirmishes did not end there.

Police report that about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, they received reports that explosions were heard on Shoe Lane. A team of officers went to investigate and during a search, the bullet-riddled body of a man was found in a house.

The police said the series of attacks is the latest in a longstanding feud between rival gangs in the area.