THE police yesterday arrested one man and have launched a search for two others following a foiled robbery attempt and shoot-out in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, yesterday.
The police also said that they seized one firearm in the incident which brought activities in the busy commercial hub to a halt and left dozens of people traumatised.
The incident occurred about midday when two men pounced on a woman as she exited a bank.
"I was... conducting some business when I heard shots coming from the direction where the bank was located," one woman told the Jamaica Observer.
She said amidst the explosions, she saw security guards in pursuit of two men.
Another eyewitness said that the police arrived on the scene in a flash.
"The police them came out of nowhere and that was when I heard more gunfire," a man said.
Yesterday, the Constabulary Communication Network reported that as the two men tried to rob the woman, security guards saw what was happening and "responded". The release further stated that a police team already in the area intervened.
"One of the men was accosted, but another reportedly escaped in a waiting Nissan motor car," the police reported.
A handgun was reportedly taken from the captured robber. A handbag was also recovered.
Yesterday, the sounds of gunfire caused chaos in the busy square as members of the public scampered for cover.
Customers at the Tastee restaurant at the intersection of Cargill Avenue and Half-Way-Tree Road were given a scare when one of the bullets reportedly shattered glass on the building. No one was injured.
Meanwhile, the incident resulted in gridlock as traffic was diverted from Constant Spring and Half-Way-Tree roads while the police carried out their investigation.