Man killed dur­ing birth­day party

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - SI­MONE MOR­GAN-LINDO STAR Writer

An event of cel­e­bra­tion turned into one of mourn­ing af­ter gun­men opened fire at a birth­day party, killing a man and in­jur­ing two other fam­ily mem­bers in Trench Town last Satur­day.

Dead is 22-year-old Ryan McFarlane. A woman and a 12-yearold were also in­jured.

Re­ports from the Den­ham Town Po­lice are that about 8:05 p.m., McFarlane was among a group of peo­ple on Fifth Street when three men walked to­wards the crowd and opened gun­fire.

McFarlane and the in­jured were taken to hospi­tal where McFarlane died while un­der­go­ing treat­ment, and the oth­ers treated and re­leased.


“A early hours, so mi aun­tie did a have a lit­tle birth­day party in her yard and mi just see a man walk in and just start fire bare shot. When mi look, a mi likkle fam­ily mi see a hold him belly. A lit­tle boy get shot in him hand, and his mother get graze on her foot,” an eye wit­ness said.

The res­i­dents said Satur­day night’s shoot­ing was quite un­ex­pected, es­pe­cially since a meet­ing was re­cently held with men from sec­tions of the com­mu­nity called Brook­lyn and Sax.

As po­lice combed the area for clues, tempers flared as women, al­legedly from both ar­eas, threw bot­tles at each other.

As the po­lice tried to quell the sit­u­a­tion by stand­ing be­tween both groups, the an­gry fe­males turned their frus­tra­tion into a curs­ing match and threw a string of deroga­tory re­marks to­wards each other.

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