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One person shot dead as violence flares in August Town

Monday, February 19, 2018

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ST ANDREW, Jamaica — One unidentified person has been confirmed dead and others injured during a shootout early this morning in August Town, St Andrew.

There is now heavy police presence in the community as at least 10 police vehicles to include an armoured truck were dispatched to the area.

Residents, including students, reportedly dashed for cover as the gunfire lasting some five minutes disrupted activities in and around the area, which consists of Goldsmith Villa, Hermitage, Bedward Gardens and Jungle 12.

When contacted by OBSERVER ONLINE the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Corporate Communications Unit was unable to confirm how many people were injured in the flare up.

This incident comes a few weeks after a quadruple murder at a bar in the community which prompted lawmen to impose a curfew in the area.

The August Town police have blamed the spate of violence in the community on the release of former gangsters from prison who they say want to retake control of the area.

“… [They are now] back in the space and they are competing for turf right now, so that is what sort of triggered the violence in August Town,” Inspector Stephen Taylor told the Jamaica Observer during a tour of the community last month.

More information later.

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