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Man dead after attack on JLP motorcade in Flanker

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 9:02 AM
North West St James candidate Dr Horace Chang (left of vehicle) stands near the crime scene in Flanker, St James where a JLP bus was shot up.

One man was killed and several persons injured yesterday afternoon when a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) motorcade came under heavy and sustained gunfire in a section of Flanker, in St James.


Jovan Johnson reports

According to eyewitness accounts, shortly before five yesterday afternoon, the JLP motorcade was directed into the Flanker community and was travelling in the vicinity of the home of  Javin ‘Javinci’ Campbell when they came under heavy gunfire.

Campbell is the gangster who was killed during Sunday night's JLP mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square.

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As persons fled the buses and cars and were running for their lives, the gangsters, believed to be aligned to Campbell’s uptown Sparta gang, reportedly seized car keys and assaulted several persons.

As the police rushed to the scene, they too were fired on.

When the shooting subsided, one man lay dead.

Several persons were also injured and several vehicles damaged.

According to Commanding officer for the St James police division Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, had a police unit not been in the area at the time, things could have been much worse.

SSP Mcgregor is also questioning why a motorcade ventured into the tense St James community.

Dr Horace Chang, the JLP general secretary and Member of Parliament for North West St James, where the Flanker community is located, said going into Flanker resulted from a request from party supporters in the community.