Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: A 40-year-old businessman who resided in the community of Top Lincoln, in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, was shot and seriously injured by a group of armed men impersonators the police, on Monday morning, September 17.
Reports by the police are that about 12:45 a.m. on Monday, the businessman who operates a bar and shop in his community, was asleep at his home when he heard loud banging on the door and voices on the outside shouting out, “Police”.
He got up from his bed, turned on a light and was in the process of opening the door when a group of heavily armed men sprayed the board dwelling house with bullets.
The businessman was shot several times to his upper body, while the gunmen escaped in the area on foot.
The police were summoned and upon arrival, the wounded man was transported to hospital where he was treated and admitted in serious condition.
In the meanwhile, the Westmoreland police have reported that, nine persons were shot in five separate incidents throughout the parish, between the hours of 8:30 on Sunday, September 16 to 4:30 a.m. on Monday.
Among those killed were, 16-year-old Mannings school student, Shamar Tomlinson of Crowder district in Grange Hill, Davian Malcolm, otherwise called “Bolo” 20-year-old of Russia district, Relando Reid, 32-year-old farmer of Fort Williams and Wayne Sweetland, 35-year-old Jerk Chicken vendor of West End in Negril.
A 34-year-old peanut vendor, two other males and a female, are among those shot and injured and are presently battling for life at hospital.
Earlier this year, seven persons, including an 11-year-old student, were shot and killed in Grange Hill Westmoreland and the Opposition spokesman on Tourism, Wykeham McNeill called for increased security measures in Grange Hill.
Mr. McNeill also pointed out that, a State of Public Emergency may be needed in the parish, but he is also concerned for the limitation of public rights.
Since the start of the year, a total of 104 persons have been murdered throughout the parish of Westmoreland.
VOICE CLIP OF WYKEHAM MCNEILL, SPEAKING IN GRANGE HILL EARLIER THIS YEAR