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A reprehensible act of violence – PNP condemns shooting of councillor, party worker

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 6:21 PM
Maxine Simpson was fatally shot last night. – Photo taken from @PDPhillipsJa Twitter account

The People’s National Party (PNP) has labelled the murder of one of its party workers and shooting of one its councillors as a reprehensible act of violence.

Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division in Southwest St Andrew constituency, 56-year-old Karl Blake, was shot and injured while 52-year-old Maxine Simpson was fatally shot last night.

Blake remains hospitalised.

The police say Blake and Simpson were sitting outside the Caribbean Palm Community Centre along Spanish Town Road when armed men entered the premises and opened fire, hitting both of them.

In a statement this afternoon, the PNP said it is saddened by the incident.

The party is calling for the police to conduct a thorough investigation and to apprehend those responsible.

It is appealing to anyone with information to cooperate with the police in their probe.