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Tension in Payne Land as guns bark - Six shot, two fatally

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 8:00 AMRomario Scott
Angela Brown Burke (left) and Audrey Smith Facey addressing a People’s National Party press conference before recent internal elections to select the party’s standard-bearer for South West St Andrew.

There is tension in the gritty Payne Land community and adjoining areas in St Andrew following the shooting of at least seven persons, two fatally, sometime after 7 o' clock on Friday night.

Dead are 46 year-old Oneil 'Dumpling' Fagan and a man known as Lincoln 'Radam' Hamilton.

Senior Superintendent Arthur Brown told The Gleaner that a group of persons were sitting at the corner of Selassie Drive and McKoy Lane when six persons, including two women, were shot.

Fagan succumbed to injuries he sustained from that shooting while undergoing emergency surgery.

In a separate shooting moments later, the man known as Radam was with a group of persons on Payne Avenue when he was shot and killed.

The police are yet to establish a motive for the shootings, but SSP Brown says the police are evaluating several theories.

Councillor for the Payne Land division in the South West St Andrew constituency, Audrey Smith Facey, told The Gleaner that the community is in shock following the shootings.

"The people in the community are sad and I just want to know why (the shootings occurred). The persons who got shot are not persons who are mixed up in any sort of violence. These are persons just coming from work, who had stopped on the road talking to their neighbours," Smith Facey said.

 

Knowing the victims

 

Smith Facey said she knew the victims of the attack personally as they had worked with her on her political campaigns.

"Oneil, the one who died, he is a part of the workers team and he has been with me since I have been a councillor (in 1998). He is the chairman of a group and he was a part of Team Audrey," the councillor said, making reference to the recent internal election for the People's National Party standard-bearer for the South West St Andrew constituency.

In the meantime, SSP Brown is appealing to residents and witnesses to come forward with information that can assist the police in their investigation into the shootings.

"We want the community to assist us in putting away the perpetrators of this crime by giving us some information. We would love for the community to give us some information to assist in the investigation," the divisional commander said.

Smith Facey said she has been pleading with members of the community not to retaliate.

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