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Medical examinations reveal no gunshot victim at PNP mass meeting

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 2:33 PM
Police personnel look into the crowd amid a stampede at a PNP meeting at Portia Simpson Miller Square on Tuesday night.

The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) is now reporting that none of the patients who were injured at the People's National Party (PNP) meeting on Tuesday night was treated for gunshot wounds.

Last night, police at the KPH reported that two people were shot and injured.

Earlier today, KPH Chief Medical Officer, Dr Natalie Whylie, reported that only one of the 36 people who turned up at the hospital last night was shot. 

But she now says medical examinations found that the injuries were not consistent with gunshot wounds.

"The history that the patient gave us suggested that that (gunshot injury) was what happened. But subsequent to our findings when we examined, the injuries are not consistent with those of a gunshot," the chief doctor at KPH told told The Gleaner this afternoon. 

"We are unable to say exactly what caused it," she further said.

Meanwhile, Whylie says the hospital has now seen 45 people who attended the rally. 

She told The Gleaner earlier that most of the patients showed injuries consistent with a stampede. 

A stampede broke out within seconds of the shooting at the rally in Three Miles. 

A major police investigation is now underway. 

The Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has insinuated that there may have been political motives behind the shooting.