Up to press time last night, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier who had been shot several times on Saturday night was battling for his life at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).
The soldier, identified only as Corporal G. Morgan, was attacked by gunmen and shot all over his body at his home in Green Bottom, Clarendon.
Reports are that shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, residents heard explosions and Morgan was later discovered suffering from gunshot wounds. He was airlifted to the UHWI for treatment.
Captain Basil Jarrett, media affairs officer for the JDF, told The Gleaner yesterday that the corporal was in critical condition.
"The doctors are working around the clock to keep him alive. Right now, we are very concerned for the soldier's life, which is our main priority, and the well-being of his family," Jarrett said.
Morgan's shooting brings to four the number of security force personnel who were attacked last week.
Last Sunday, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony 'Tony' Hewitt was shot and killed by gunmen shortly after 1 p.m. at an apartment complex on Donmair Close in St Andrew.
On Thursday, Detective Corporal Warren Campbell, who was attached to the Organised Crime Investigation Division, was gunned down near his home in Patrick City, St Andrew, just before 9 p.m.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday, a police constable attached to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force was attacked and stabbed during an attempted robbery on University Crescent in Mona, St Andrew. He survived the incident.