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UPDATE: We will not give in to criminals, says Councillor after gun attack at work site

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 12:09 PM
Venesha Phillips. - File
Police tape off the area where spent shells were found after it is alleged that a gunman fired shots at the Councillor Venesha Phillips today. - Ian Allen/Photographer
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Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Councillor for the Papine division in St Andrew, Venesha Phillips, says work will continue on a sidewalk construction project in the area despite today's gun attack over work distribution.




According to Phillips, around 11 o'clock, shots were fired in her direction on Golding Avenue while she was visiting the project site.



She said she had decided to visit the site after several complaints about the distribution of the work to build a sidewalk and a retaining wall.



"While I was there, I heard two shots at first and I could hear them make contact with the trees directly behind me so I got down and indicated to the person beside me to get down but I stepped out from my position in an attempt to get out of the way and looked down the road only to see a young man standing just across there in a black top with a gun in his hand," Phillips told The Gleaner.



"People were on the other side of the road but they were never in danger because he was never firing on that side of the road," she added.



However, Phillips said she will not give in to criminals and so the project will continue.



"I am going to insist on the KSAC’s (Kingston and St Andrew Corporation) perspective that criminals should not be allowed to stop the work so even if we have to bring in the JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) and the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) the work must continue. This is about our disabled community and we will not give into criminality,” Phillips said.



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