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JLP denies shooting in Annotto Bay politically motivated; police confirm there's no evidence

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 2:54 PM
Dr Horace Chang

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is dismissing claims by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) that the shooting of two persons last evening in South East St Mary is politically motivated.

In a release this afternoon, JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang condemned the attack.

However, he said the police were yet to find evidence to suggest that the gun attack which occurred in Annotto Bay was politically motivated.

He said the incident, therefore, cannot be labelled as a political shooting.

“We have been reliably informed that the persons injured last night were not involved in politics and have no connection to the current campaign taking place," Chang stated in the release.

The JLP general secretary, who extended well wishes to the injured, said this was a police matter and the police should investigate and bring to justice anyone who breaks the law.

He said no one should be allowed to use the current by-election as cover for criminality.

In the meantime, the police have confirmed that they are investigating the shooting incident.

They say no motive has been established for the crime.

In a release issued by its Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) this afternoon, the Annotto Bay Police say that about 7:00 p.m., a man was walking along a train line when he was attacked by a man who opened gunfire hitting him.

Another man who was in close proximity was then held up by two men who came from the direction of the first incident. 

A struggle ensued during which he managed to hit one of his attackers with a chair, but was then shot by the other attacker.

The police say both injured men were taken to hospital where they are being treated.

Campaign activities have intensified in the constituency in recent weeks as both the JLP and PNP seek to win the seat that was left vacant after the sitting MP, Dr Winston Green, died suddenly in August.

The by-election is slated for October 30.