Devon Evans, Gleaner Writer
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
Fifty-five-year-old Alray Campbell suspected his lover, Nicola McKenzie, was cheating. The 35-year-old McKenzie wanted to end the relationship, but Campbell wasn't about to let that happen.
What transpired next in the upscale Cardiff Hall community has left residents shocked, as the couple was found dead on Wednesday night, reportedly, after Campbell, in a fit of jealousy, shot McKenzie before turning the gun on himself.
It is alleged that Campbell, a contractor from the Mount Zion district in St Ann, acting on a tip, surprised McKenzie, who was found sitting in the passenger seat of a Toyota Mark II vehicle, speaking with a male friend.
Reports are that in rage, he pulled out his licensed semi-automatic pistol and shot the businesswoman of Mount Edgecombe - also in St Ann - before shooting himself in the head.
The police are not ruling out another theory in the bizarre saga though, as up to late yesterday evening, one man, the lone survivor of the incident, was still being questioned by the Runaway Bay police in St Ann.
Result of jealousy
The incident, which many are claiming to be the result of jealousy, took place shortly after 10:00 p.m. but the police, in ensuring that all bases are covered, intend to swab the survivor for gunpowder residue.
Reports reaching The Gleaner are that Campbell was having an affaire with McKenzie who sold dry goods in the Brown's Town Market.
It was also reported that in recent times, Campbell had been warning McKenzie over reports that she was having an intimate relationship with another man.
Further reports are that on Wednesday night, one of Campbell's friends spotted McKenzie in a car with a man in the Cardiff Hall area and informed the contractor by telephone.
Acting on the information, Campbell drove to Cardiff Hall where he spotted the vehicle. On Ricketts Drive, Campbell used his vehicle to block the Toyota Mark II carrying his lover and the other man.
He reportedly went up to the car and fired several shots from his licensed firearm into the head and body of McKenzie.
Campbell reportedly fired two shots at the man - who is said to be a firefighter - but he escaped unhurt.
It was then that Campbell is supposed to have turned the gun to his head and shot himself.
When police arrived on the scene, they found McKenzie's body slumped in the front passenger seat of the car and Campbell was found lying in the road near to his vehicle with his firearm beside him and what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Both were taken to the St. Ann's Bay Hospital where they were pronounced dead.