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Police release man suspected of shooting 7-y-o St Thomas boy

Published:Sunday | April 6, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Deon Green, Gleaner Writer

A man held in connection with the shooting of a seven-year-old boy in Lyssons, St Thomas last week, has been released without charge.

The man was held following allegations that he had made threats on the family. However, the police say following their investigation and interrogation of the suspect, there was no need to detain him or lay charges against him.

The boy, who remains in hospital, was shot while sleeping in his bed, allegedly by gunmen at about 4 a.m. last week. The mother of the child had to run with him to the nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

She told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre that after hearing gunshots, she heard cries from her son. Her boyfriend went into the child's room where he was seen bleeding from the abdomen. Two shots, suspected to have been fired from the road, hit the zinc fencing and hit the wall of the house, while another penetrated the board section of the child's bedroom.

The Morant Bay police are investigating the incident.


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