School­boys among sus­pects in at­tack on Ja­maica Labour Party mo­tor­cade

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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.

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