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UPDATE: Police unable to determine if cops involved in Alpha student shooting

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 6:00 PM
The bullet hole in the rear windscreen of the Honda in which the Alpha student was travelling when she was shot.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force says it has not been able to establish whether police personnel were involved this morning’s shooting which resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old student of the Covenant of Mercy Alpha Academy who was travelling in an illegal taxi.

However, the communication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, says the police are trying to find out whether there were cops in the North Street/Mark Lane area of Kingston at the time of the incident.

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Meanwhile, speaking on Nationwide Radio Thursday evening, Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams said ballistic evidence has been collected from the scene which will help to determine if the shots were fired from the guns of cops.

The Independent Commission of Investigations is also probing the incident.

Earlier this afternoon, Gregord O'Connor the operator of the illegal taxi said around 7 o’clock this morning, he verbally engaged the operator of a Toyota Hiace van who almost ran into his vehicle on Church Street.

O’Connor said on reaching the Church and North Street intersection, the driver of the van pulled up beside and suggested that he was being disrespectful to the police.

He said the driver and other men dressed in blue denim normally worn by the police got out of the vehicle armed with guns.

According to the taxi operator, shortly after, he heard a barrage of gunshots and then a loud scream from the back of his car.


IN PHOTO: The taxi driver in his blood-stained clothes speak to INDECOM investigators

He said when he looked around, he saw blood streaming down the face of the schoolgirl.

 

Taxi operator Gregord O'Conner

The driver said he drove for some distance before letting off the frightened passengers.

O’Connor said the schoolgirl attempted to get out of the taxi expressing fear that she would be shot again but he sought to reassure her and took her to hospital.

 

Taxi operator Gregord O'Conner

There were fiery protests in Kingston today as taxi operators condemned the incident.