JAMAICA – Nine shot at funeral . . .  two pronounced dead on arrival to Hospital

KINGSTON – Mere hours after the Sunday Observer reported that officials at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) were celebrating not having any gunshot-related deaths at the institution for the month of October, a gun attack at a funeral on Windward Road put a damper on their jubilation.

The gun attack took place yesterday at the King’s Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church during a funeral service for a vendor who had been stabbed to death in downtown Kingston. Reports from alleged eyewitnesses are that men opened gunfire outside the church injuring mourners.

Up to press time last night the police Corporate Communications Unit was unable to provide information on the shooting incident. In fact, the commanding officer for the east Kingston police, superintendent Robert Walker, told the Observer late last night that investigators had just finished processing the crime scene at the church while others were still on location at KPH.

Yesterday, the injured individuals were rushed to the hospital, resulting in pandemonium as most of the people who were at the funeral for the vendor, who has been identified as Boysie, accompanied them to the medical facility.

According to Errol Greene, chief executive officer of the hospital that is located in the volatile area of west Kingston, at about 3 p.m. “we had some unusual activities, persons coming in with gunshot wounds.

“As of right now we have nine persons from this particular incident that were shot. Nine gunshot wounds, two died on arrival,” he told reporters gathered outside the hospital’s accident and emergency department.

“Two are in surgery at the moment, others are being treated in the accident and emergency area. Dr Natalie Whylie, our senior medical officer, has instructed for additional surgeons to be called out. We have opened additional theatres and, to compound the situation, we also had a motor vehicle accident where one person was killed, so all of that coming into the hospital at one time would naturally be a drain on us,” he added.

Dr Whylie, who was also on location, said that part of KPH’s standard operating policy under these circumstances is for additional staff to be called, which resulted in more consultant surgeons and nursing staff being summoned, and four emergency theatres being opened.

Dr Whylie also mentioned that security at the institution was beefed up with more police officers visible on the compound to accommodate people visiting their loved ones, as one of the major challenges was crowd control.

When news broke that one of the gunshot victims had died. The victim’s friends, relatives, and those who had left the funeral to offer support at the hospital wept openly.

One woman, who was inconsolable, sat on the sidewalk outside the hospital grieving while another stomped her feet, declaring: “It will not end that way.”

It is alleged that the gun attack is a result of an ongoing feud between rival factions from West Street and Luke Lane in downtown Kingston.

As to why the attack was carried out at the funeral, one man who spoke on condition of anonymity said Boysie was not a “bad man” and he was well-respected, so it was widely known that those at odds would have attended his funeral. According to the man, it presented the perfect opportunity for conflict.

Another individual said he is anticipating that yesterday’s incident will result in a bloody Christmas.

Source: (Jamaica Observer)

26 Responses to JAMAICA – Nine shot at funeral . . .  two pronounced dead on arrival to Hospital

  1. Byrone Browne
    Byrone Browne December 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Jamaicans are a disgrace to the world.

    • Miche December 12, 2017 at 12:54 am

      Look how easy it is for you to blame a whole country,because of the action of a handful of unthinking people,,,by your yardstick,I can say that all Brownes are stupid.

    • Ryvan Springer
      Ryvan Springer December 12, 2017 at 8:18 am

      All Nationalities. Not just Jamaicans

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce December 12, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Some HUMANs are a totally disgrace!
      Just don’t know how to behave oneself.

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow December 12, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Your statement are based on your ignorant bias of Jamaicans….this hypocrisy says plenty of your limited knowledge of our neighbors

    • Glendon Maxi Williams
      Glendon Maxi Williams December 12, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Who is this fool tho be careful what you put out there on social media @ryvan Springer

  2. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards December 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm


  3. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers December 12, 2017 at 1:24 am


  4. Clyde Edey
    Clyde Edey December 12, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Terrible. At a Funeral?

  5. Norman Mcdonald
    Norman Mcdonald December 12, 2017 at 2:12 am

    No surprise

  6. Love Antoinette
    Love Antoinette December 12, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Hughpaul Dwyer also read comments

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 12, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Not the least bit surprise.

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

    It just doesn’t make sense. Some humans just do not care, no thought for others or value life.
    Sincere Condolences to the victims entire families caught up the horrific tragedy.

  9. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Bad DNA

  10. Precious Williams
    Precious Williams December 12, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Barbados today why I can’t find any articles on Rihanna telling the children of Barbados to pray to Satan because God doesn’t answer prayers? Isn’t she a disgrace to your country, encouraging the children to worship satan.

    • Jen Bel
      Jen Bel December 12, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Because what you’re saying is false sweety…#FakeNews

    • GoodGirl GoneBad
      GoodGirl GoneBad December 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Correct Jen Bel she just airing her mouth. Stuppess.

    • Jen Bel
      Jen Bel December 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

      GoodGirl GoneBad Jamaicans get offensive when articles similar to this one are posted for the life of me I can never figure out why they get so mad…The article is the same the Observer n the Gleamer published.. go tlk to them kmt stupse

    • Kamisha Moore
      Kamisha Moore December 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Dirty gal if you have nothing better to say go wash yuh crutches

    • Sharon Ellis
      Sharon Ellis December 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Stupseeeeeeee Precious Williams is a real C**t. Big mouth with fake news.

  11. Shonel Kingston
    Shonel Kingston December 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Barbados today can’t report false statement Precious Williams

  12. Sherville Holder December 12, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Real men don’t fight with weapons we use our hands,that way everyone lives to see another day and kids don’t loose their parent’s life is sweet people.

  13. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean December 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Well well well

  14. Lana Richards
    Lana Richards December 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Two more funerals!

  15. Lana Richards
    Lana Richards December 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Nine more hospital bills…

  16. jrsmith December 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    You all want so much to be as like america , you all got what you want ,so you like it or lump it……………………


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