Friday 28 February, 2020

Vauxhall's dean of discipline shot dead at school; attacker killed

Gunmen attacked and killed the dean of discipline at Vauxhall High School on Windward Road in East Kingston on Saturday.

One of the gunmen was also cut down in the incident.

The deceased teacher has been identified as 36-year-old Carl Samuels, a licensed firearm holder of a Greater Portmore, St Catherine address.

The alleged gunman who was killed has been identified as 19-year-old Romaine Panton, a canteen worker of Miller Terrace, Kingston 16.

The Elletson Road police reported that about 7.35 pm, Samuels and another male were in the process of closing the school compound when they were allegedly approached by two men armed with guns.

The men opened fire at them and Samuels pulled his pistol and returned the fire.

When the shooting subsided, Samuels and Panton were seen with gunshot wounds.

They were both later pronounced dead at hospital.

The second hoodlum escaped in the area.

It is not known if he was injured.

No one else was injured in the exchange of gunfire.

Samuels’ firearm was retrieved at the scene.

In response to the development, Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, condemned as a "dastardly act", the killing of Samuels.

The ministry, in a statement on Sunday, said Samuels was attacked by the gunmen as he gathered material from his car and was in the process of closing the school compound.

The statement said Samuels was the husband of one of the vice principals at the school.

Samuda said a lack of regard for human life is being manifested in wanton attacks on citizens of various ages and backgrounds. He appealed for eyewitnesses to share any information they may have that could help the police in their investigation of the killing.

The minister also extended condolences to Samuels’ family and the Vauxhall High School community, noting that the ministry will continue to provide support through counselling.

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