Former soldier gunned down

KINGSTON — Ex-Jamaica Defence Force reserve, Joseph Lyons, was yesterday shot dead by gunmen in a daring daylight attack in the volatile West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens.

Lyons, 54, left the army in March at the rank of lance corporal.

The police reported that about midday Lyons was sitting close to a bar on Bustamante Boulevard reading a newspaper when he was attacked and shot dead.

The former army man, whose body was found with gunshot wounds in a seated position, still had his cellular phone in hand, while other valuables were still on his person.

Two men, who reportedly had their faces covered, were seen running from the scene.

Yesterday, as news circulated about the murder, residents in the community expressed shock.

“A sit him sit down in the chair on the sidewalk when we hear the explosions,” said a female resident.

“Lyons, otherwise called ‘Jeweller’, was a good man; a years him a come in the community, is not just yesterday. That man don’t trouble people, me can’t believe them deal with him like that,” said another resident, who added the slain former soldier was a long-standing member of the community.

Police said last night that they are yet to identify a motive for the fatal shooting. (Observer)

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