Three shot dead at bar in Span­ish Town

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer ja­son.cross@glean­erjm.com

FOUR MEN were shot yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in Thomp­son Pen, St Catherine, three fa­tally, in an in­ci­dent that the po­lice say could very well be linked to re­cent vi­o­lent gang ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing killings in Span­ish Town. The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 12:07 p.m. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports from the Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit (CCU) of the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force, a group of men were at a lo­ca­tion on Jones Av­enue when a car drove up. Two men alighted, one with a high-pow­ered weapon and the other with a pis­tol, and opened fire on the group of per­sons.

Four per­sons re­ceived gun­shot wounds. One died on the spot.

Three oth­ers were taken to the Span­ish Town Hos­pi­tal where two of them suc­cumbed to their in­juries.

The sur­viv­ing vic­tim, up to late yes­ter­day, was said to be in sta­ble con­di­tion.

De­spite declar­ing that it was too early to de­ter­mine what led to the at­tack, Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephanie Lind­say, who is in charge of the CCU, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day that the in­ci­dent might be con­nected to re­cent gang fights and killings in Span­ish Town.

“They (de­tec­tives) are con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It could be a num­ber of things, and that is why (we are) not ea­ger to call it. It is not iso­lated to what is go­ing on in Span­ish Town, but they (de­tec­tives) don’t want to pin­point ex­actly where it is com­ing from. They want to do some more in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Lind­say said.

RICARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Mem­bers of the Ja­maica De­fence Force on the scene of a mul­ti­ple shoot­ing on Sligov­ille main road in Thomp­son Pen, St Catherine, where four pa­trons were shot at a bar. Three of them died.

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