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Deadly St James shooting linked to lottery scamming - Police Commish

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 7:55 PM
Dr Williams says lottery scamming is behind the recent upsurge in violence across St James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says last night’s shooting rampage in St James has been linked to the lottery scam.

Dr Williams says lottery scamming is behind the recent upsurge in violence across St James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Nine persons were shot – three of them fatally – at a shop in the community of New Ramble.

Those killed have been identified as 16-year-old Adrian Thelwell, 27-year-old Nicholas Campbell, both of New Ramble addresses, and 28-year-old Troy Scoville of a Kingston address.

The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre understands that the shooting stemmed from a lottery scam arrangement that went bad.

Speaking at a news conference in Montego Bay this afternoon, Williams said the lottery scam had become pervasive across western parishes, bringing with it violence and mayhem.

However, he says since Tuesday’s brazen killing of two people along the busy Howard Cooke Boulevard in St James the police have elevated their presence in the parish.