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Gangsters attack bus, pregnant woman shot

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 7:00 AMPaul Clarke

Western Bureau:

A 20-year-old St James man is now in police custody after he was arrested at the scene of an incident in which a passenger bus was shot up in Haddo, Westmoreland, shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Monday, resulting in injuries to three passengers, including a pregnant woman.

The man, who was identified by the police as Lampay Spence, of a Springmount address, in St James, was reportedly held with a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, which is believed to be the weapon that was used in the shooting. He was arrested and charged with three counts of wounding with intent and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to reports, the bus, which was travelling from Montego Bay to Savanna-la-Mar, stopped in Hadoo to let off a passenger when a white corolla motor car, which was travelling behind the bus, stopped and a man alighted and open fire on a passenger who was leaving the bus.

During the shooting, a police vehicle reportedly came on the scene and the car from which the alleged shooter had alighted sped away, leaving him behind. He was later identified as Spence. He was subsequently apprehended by the police and his illegal weapon seized.

The injured pregnant woman, a 33-year-old resident of Westmoreland, who the police did not identify by name, and the other two injured passengers, who were also not identified, were rushed to the Savanna la-Mar Hospital, where they were admitted.

The shooting was yet another horrifying incident in the ongoing spate of violence that has been sweeping western Jamaica in recent months. It came on the heels of a double murder in the Waterworks district (also in Westmoreland) on Sunday night.

In Sunday night's incident, 24-year-old Romishe 'Brandon' Whyte, a goat farmer; and 27-year-old Jovain Green, a carpenter of Old Road, in Whithorn, were shot dead by unknown assailants as they stood along a roadway in the community.