Gun violence erupts

Police officers and hospital workers ride in the back of a police vehicle transporting Andrew ‘Bubbo’ Gray (inset) from the crime scene in Port Antonio, Portland, yesterday. He later died.

KINGSTON — One gunman was killed and seven persons, including two policemen and an eight-year-old boy, were shot and injured during an upsurge in gun violence in the Corporate Area and Portland yesterday.

In one incident, four people – among them a policeman and the boy – were shot and injured while a gunman was killed during an alleged shoot-out in the parish capital of Port Antonio.

The dead gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Andrew Gray, also called “Bubbo”, of Hope Bay in the parish.

The boy and the two other civilians shot and injured – an elderly man and woman – were innocent bystanders who got caught in the crossfire between the police and the gunman at about 10 a.m.

The boy was shot in the abdomen and had to undergo surgery, while the woman and the man were listed as stable. The condition of the policeman was also listed as stable.

Yesterday, Deputy Superintendent Wayne Cameron – who heads the Portland Police Division – said that the police were on patrol when they noticed Gray acting “suspiciously” in the vicinity of a service station.

“In conducting a search of him, he pulled a firearm and opened fire at the police. During an exchange of gunfire this man was shot and hit and a .380 pistol taken from him,” Cameron alleged.

Last night, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said that the incident had been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations.

The Portland shootings were the latest in a string of violent incidents that have rocked the eastern parish, more known for its low crime rate.

Only two weeks ago, gunmen invaded a garage and shot its owner twice during a robbery. (Observer)

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