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Coronation Market vendor killed while setting out onions, other produce

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 11:42 AM
Police process the scene where Coronation Market vendor Peter Nelson was killed this morning in downtown Kingston .

Corey Robinson, Staff Reporter

Vendors in Coronation Market in downtown Kingston were sent scampering for cover when gunmen opened fire killing a vendor as he prepared his goods for the day's sale.

The dead man has been identified as Peter Nelson, 49, who grieving market vendors and customers described as a hard-working man in the business for more than 30 years.

Up to late this morning, the Constabulary Communication Network (CCU) could not give an official report on the shooting, but onlookers said that armed men walked up to the vendor just as he was putting out his onions, tomatoes and other produce, and 'peppered' him with bullets just after 7:46 a.m.

"I can't believe is that man them kill. When me keep me fish fry is him me buy everything that me need from. In the incursion him lose a van and a car and me tell him don't worry, him can't start back from scratch and get even better. Now me hear say the man dead," said one fish vendor downtown upon hearing of Nelson's demise.

The incident comes on the heels of separate shooting incidents in the west Kingston area last night which left two men in hospital nursing gunshot wounds.