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Suspect in shooting at Kingston funeral arrested, another victim dies

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 3:21 PM
Police yellow tape at the Kings Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church after gunmen opened fire on mourners attending a funeral on December 10. – File Photo

The police have arrested a suspect in the shooting spree that claimed the lives of two persons and wounded six others at the Kings Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church in east Kingston two Sundays ago.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland, says the suspect was picked up during an operation in west Kingston on the weekend.

SSP Sutherland says the police are searching for three others in connection with the shooting.

Twenty-year-old Ashley Hopbson and 34-year-old Delroy Salesman, both of Kingston 14 addresses, were pronounced dead at hospital following the shooting at the church located on Windward Road.

Hopbson and Salesman were among scores of mourners attending a funeral.

Six other persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Meanwhile, a third person has died from the shooting.

The deceased, who succumbed on Thursday, was among seven persons hospitalised from bullet wounds sustained during the attack.

His name has not been released.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), Senior Superintendent McArthur Brown, says a thug from west Kingston who was attending the funeral was the target of the attack.

SSP Brown says a feud over turf fuelled the shooting.

He says the thug remains hospitalised.