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Gunmen shot in foiled Montego Bay robbery

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

For the second time in just over 24 hours, gunmen were foiled in their bid to rob a western Jamaica cambio.

However, unlike last Friday's incident in Falmouth, Trelawny, when the police foiled the robbery, this time it was a licensed firearm holder who took on the gunmen, shooting one and putting the others to flight.

In the aftermath of the shooting, which took place on the busy Market Street in downtown Montego Bay, two security guards and one of the gunmen were found with gunshot wounds.

Attacked in car

A Gleaner vendor who reportedly witnessed the incident told our news team that shortly after 10 a.m, the two security guards were sitting in a car used to transport money when they were attacked by the men, who fired several shots into the car.

The licensed firearm holder reportedly ran from inside the cambio and challenged the gunmen.

In the ensuing gun-battle, one of the would-be robbers was shot, while his cronies fled.

Up to press time yesterday, there was no official report from the police.

Last Friday in Falmouth, 28-year-old Junior Brown and 25-year-old Anthony Maragh, both unemployed of Falmouth addresses, were nabbed by the police after an unsuccessful bid to rob the Cambio King establishment in Water Square.