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Man dies after walking into A&E following gun attack

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:17 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter
A crime scene detective examines a bag after a shooting incident, which claimed the life of Junior Bryce, in front of The University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew yesterday morning.
A crime scene detective examines a bag after a shooting incident, which claimed the life of Junior Bryce, in front of The University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew yesterday morning.
Junior Bryce.
Junior Bryce.
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Twenty-six-year old Junior Dwight Bryce walked into the Accident and Emergency Department at The University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday morning shortly after being shot outside the St Andrew-based medical facility.

He died while undergoing treatment.

Bryce’s mother, Sharon Johnson, told The Gleaner that she heard when unknown assailants attacked her son minutes before 7 a.m.

“I wasn’t at the scene. I was at home getting ready to come out to go to work. I heard the shot dem, and when I came out, I heard it was him. They said he walked go over the hospital, and I don’t hear anything else,” Johnson said.

Bryce was reportedly shot in the chest, back, and hand.

A porter who assisted Bryce to the theatre told The Gleaner that he had expected him to pull through.

“I was shocked when I came back and they told me he had died. He walked [briskly] from out there to the A&E entrance, and I actually thought he would make it. The doctors did everything they could,” he said.

While our news team was at the scene, detectives had begun cordoning off a section of Sir John Golding Road, rerouting traffic through the hospital campus. It also forced a temporary closure of some businesses in the vicinity.

Bryce’s father was also at the scene but was too distraught to speak, diverting all questions to Johnson.

“He was all right. He is a jovial person,” she said. “Sometimes he works on a bus or any little site to do some construction or anything like that. I have eight of them, and he is the fourth child.”

There has been a 63 per cent reduction in murders in the St Andrew Central Police Division since the start of the year, compared with the similar period last year.

Up to February 23, there were seven reported murders, compared to 19 for the corresponding period in 2020.

andre.williams@gleanerjm.com