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UPDATE: Third person dies following shooting at JLP MoBay meeting

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 2:13 AM
Chang: I know one of the young men who was killed personally

Adrian Frater, News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: 
A third person has been confirmed dead while a woman is now undergoing emergency surgery arising from Sunday night's shooting at a Jamaica Labour Party mass meeting in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.

Early this morning, the police released a statement identifying one of the victims as 22-year-old Javin Campbell otherwise called 'Javinci'.

The police say he is a known gangster from Flanker.

According to the police five people were shot in the incident.

Earlier reports had said four people had been shot.

At the Cornwall Regional Hospital where the injured people were taken for medical attention, scores of persons including high-profile JLP members are now gathered. 

"I know  one of the young men who was killed personally," said JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang.

"He is from Flanker, another one is a bus driver from S Catherine. What happened is both frightening and worrying."

Regarding a possible motive, Chang said he did not want to speculate because any irresponsible statement from any party official could lead to other issues.

"I am going to allow the police to investigate and come up with their own findings. We have to take a responsible approach. We can't allow ourselves to inflame an already bad situation," he said.

The shooting, which started at approximately 10:08 p.m., during the main address by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, sent frightened Labourites, journalists and members of the security forces scampering.