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PNP councillor injured, assistant shot dead in St Andrew South West

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Karl Blake, the councillor for the Greenwich Town division in the St Andrew South West constituency of Portia Simpson Miller has been shot and injured.

His female assistant, identified as Maxine Simpson, was killed in the attack around 8 p.m Sunday at their divisional office at Caribbean Palms off Spanish Town Road in Kingston.‎

Blake who received shots to his upper body was rushed to hospital, and is undergoing emergency surgical operation.

The police have yet to release details about the circumstances of the shooting.‎‎

In the meantime, several of Blake’s colleagues in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation have taken to social media to extend support.

“Please pray for Councillor Karl Blake who was shot not long ago. Our prayers at the KSAMC (Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corpoation) are with him. Condolences go out to the family [of] Mr Blake’s personal assistant,” Mayor Delroy Williams tweeted.‎

Councillor, Duane Smith tweeted: “My deepest prayers for my colleague Karl Blake who was shot and injured and my sympathies to the family of his secretary who was killed."‎