Gunmen still on hunt for St Thomas man

Published: Tuesday | September 1, 2009


A St Thomas man who had a narrow escape after gunmen invaded the Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas in search of him had another lucky break Sunday morning.

The man, whose name is being withheld, had been moved from the hospital hours before five heavily armed men invaded the main ward and conducted a bed-by-bed search for him.

The gunmen fired shots wildly as they searched the ward and left only after they were satisfied that the man they were looking for was not there.

Not daunted by that failed attempt, the gunmen made their next move about 2:45 Sunday morning when they invaded the man's yard in Grants Pen, St Thomas, where a wake was in progress.

The thugs, armed with M16 assault rifles, first discharged a tear-gas canister inside the premises, forcing the occupants to run outside.

Casualties

As the people fled, they were met with a barrage of gunshots. However, the man, believed to be the main target, escaped unhurt.

Three persons, including a 50-year-old woman, were not so lucky as they were shot multiple times.

The woman was treated at hospital and released while the others, a 19-year-old and a 22-year-old man, were admitted.

Up to late yesterday, the police were unwilling to provide any information on why there appears to be desperate effort to kill the man. However, The Gleaner has confirmed that he had been shot in Pondside, St Thomas, late last month.

Police investigating Sunday morning's shooting seized almost 20 spent shells and the tear-gas canister.

arthur.hall@gleanerjm.com