Gunmen shoot couple; burn house

Remains of the house on Waltham Avenue in Kingston that was set ablaze by gunmen who earlier shot and injured a couple after kicking open their door.
Remains of the house on Waltham Avenue in Kingston that was set ablaze by gunmen who earlier shot and injured a couple after kicking open their door.

KINGSTON — Gunmen in broad daylight yesterday kicked open the door of a house on Waltham Avenue in Kingston, shot and injured a man and his female companion, then set the building on fire.

The victims, whose names have not been released by the police, were later rushed to hospital where they were admitted. It was not ascertained how serious their injuries were.

“… About 1:00 p.m. a man and his common-law wife were at home when 10 men, armed with guns, went to the location and kicked open the door to the board dwelling that the two occupied,” said a police source.

Residents of Waltham Avenue, a volatile community in the Jamaican capital, were fearful to speak about the attack.

“The man was shot several times and the woman attacked and injured by the men who carried out the attack in the community,” said one resident, who begged that his name not be used in story.

“Right now, I don’t know what was behind the incident but it has really left me in fear of my life,” said one woman, who also asked not to be named.

Another woman said the incident has left “all of us worrying”.

The St. Andrew South police, who have launched an investigation into the incident, could not give a motive for the attack. (Observer)

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