Six Shot, Two Dead in St Andrew

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Jamaica Crime News, St Andrew: A drive-by shooting carried out by armed men, and a heated gun battle between the said group of men and the police, resulted in two men being fatally, and a police Constable shot and wounded, at a section of Tower Hill, in St Andrew, on Wednesday morning, January 23.

Dead are 29-year-old Andre Reid, otherwise called “Andrew”, laborer of Alley Avenue, and 21-year-old Ackeem French of Poinciana Avenue, both in Kingston 11.

Four other men, including a Police Constable, received gunshot wounds and were rushed to hospital, where they are presently in serious but stable condition.

Reports by the police are that shortly after 10:30 a.m., French and Reid were among a group of persons, standing outside a business place along a sections of Tower Hill, when a motor car with three men on board drove to the community.

The men alighted from the vehicle and sprayed the crowd with bullets, before driving from the scene.

While in the process of making a hasty retreat, they were intercepted by the Police Constable and one of his colleagues, who were traveling in a private vehicle.

Both Constables challenged the gunmen and during the exchange of gunfire, one of the officers was shot in his arm. The gunmen then sped away from the scene.

Upon the arrival of other police officers, investigations revealed that French and Reid, along with three other men were shot and wounded.

All five victims along with the Constable were transported to hospital, where French and Reid was pronounced dead, and the four other victims, including the officer, was treated and admitted in serious but stable condition.

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