Schoolboys among suspects in attack on Jamaica Labour Party motorcade
Police say they’re looking for seven people, including the brother of one of the men who was fatally shot at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) rally on Sunday night, in connection with the gun attack on a JLP motorcade on Tuesday. Schoolboys are also among the wanted.
Police are investigating the weekend shooting at the opposition JLP political meeting in which known gangster Javin ‘Javinci’ Campbell, as well as a member of an opposing gang, and one other person were killed and six injured; as well as an incident on Nomination Day in which a JLP motorcade passing through the Flanker, Montego Bay, St James area where Campbell lived, was fired on.
In the latter incident, Mark Anthony Tate was killed, three people injured, and 12 vehicles were damaged. Head of the St James police Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor said Campbell’s brother is a suspect in that gun attack. Meantime, the violence sparked by warring gangs in Flanker has led the JLP and ruling People’s National Party (PNP) to halt campaigning in the area.
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown said in a statement that both political parties have agreed to immediately cease marches, motorcades, spot meetings, political gatherings, as well as the use of town criers and loudspeakers in Flanker.
The Electoral Commission of Jamaica has expressed concern that the incidents of violence so far could undermine the advances made in the electoral system over the past 35 years and could threaten the democratic process in Jamaica.