Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Another Portland gun attack, two injured

Three days following the shooting death of a man along West Street in Port Antonio, Portland, two men were shot and wounded there by a gunman in the wee hours of Monday morning. 

Both men, who are from Halls Avenue in Port Antonio, were hospitalised in stable condition.

Police report that sometime after 12:00 am, both men were standing along a section of West Street when an armed man approached them and opened gunfire, before fleeing the area.

The injured men were then assisted to the hospital.

Monday morning's shooting incident follows the gun murder of 24-year-old Tevin McKenzie, also of Halls Avenue, along West Street in Port Antonio on Thursday night, March 28. 

Two other men were hospitalised after being shot and wounded during the incident, which occurred sometime after 10:00 pm.

The police, who argued that the incident was not politically motivated, are still searching for the gunman responsible for the attack.

Meanwhile, in a statement on Friday, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) identified McKenzie as one of its supporters and revealed that he was shot while a group of JLP supporters were on their way from a party meeting in Fellowship, Eastern Portland.

The statement noted that the party's general secretary, Dr Horace Chang, was troubled by reports emerging from sections of Port Antonio, including the Halls Avenue area where McKenzie resided, that scores of people were being threatened and told to leave the community because of their support for the JLP candidate, Ann Marie Vaz in Thursday's Portland Eastern by-election. Chang further asked for a full probe into McKenzie's killing.

However, the People's National Party (PNP) has since called on Chang to withdraw his statements on the murder, claiming that it contradicted the official police report and puts the lives of citizens at risk of reprisal.

The constituents of East Portland were asked to go to the polls after February's stabbing death of then member of parliament for the area, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield of the PNP. 

The party has since selected its Vice President, Damion Crawford to contest the by-election. 

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