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Chuck condemns killing of man, shooting of child in church

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 12:28 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition Spokesman on National Security and Justice, Delroy Chuck, has expressed horror at the gruesome killing a man and the shooting of a child in a church hall in Bull Bay, St Andrew on Monday.

It is reported that Monday afternoon gunmen chased a Chad Telfer into the church. Telfer, who was already shot in the leg, ran to the altar, where he was shot several times. He died on the spot.

A little girl, who was part of a children's bible study group was shot twice in the back, she is currently in hospital.

Chuck Tuesday described the killing as shocking to the conscience, horrific and deserving of widespread condemnation.

According to the Opposition Spokesman, it is particularly disturbing that the crime was not only perpetrated in a place of worship but that it also occurred in the presence of children participating in the church's annual "Vocation Bible School" series.  He said that either factor should have been a deterrent to the gunmen, but both together demonstrate a level of barbarity of the highest order.

"Regard for the sanctity of human life in this country seems to have plummeted to an all-time low, with incidents of major crimes such as murder, shootings, rape and burglary becoming increasingly horrific and frequent.  It is imperative at this time that the Government moves to provide assurances to the law-abiding public and, in so doing, outline efforts and initiatives being pursued to wrest the initiative from criminal elements in this country and bring the crime monster under control," Chuck said.

It was reported that on Monday afternoon, gunmen chased a Chad Telfer into the church. Telfer, who was already shot in the leg, ran to the altar, where he was shot several times. He died on the spot.

A little girl, who was part of a children's bible study group was shot twice in the back, she is currently in hospital.

No one has been arrested in connection to the incident, police say.

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