Cops say 17-y-o boy behind attack on MP's security team

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

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A 17-year-old boy suspected to have been involved in Tuesday's gun attack on the security team assigned to West Kingston Member of Parliament (MP) Desmond McKenzie remained in hospital under police guard last night.

The teen is nursing a gunshot wound which the police believed was inflicted by one of McKenzie's bodyguards as they fired back at the gunmen who were firing in their direction. A 9mm pistol and 16 rounds of ammunition were seized following a shootout with law enforcement officers.

Head of Kingston Western Police Division, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor alleged that the teenager was one of two individuals who attempted to rob members of the security team while they waited outside a funeral parlour on North Street where the MP was conducting business.

Yesterday, McGregor said the incident provided more evidence that young boys were being used to carry out serious crimes in the constituency.

"We have spoken about it and this incident has again provided proof that youth, many of them led by adults, are carrying out the attacks in the area," said McGregor.

The remark by the senior superintendent came more than a week after a Jamaica Observer highlighting a concern from the police that youth, some as young as 12 years old, were carrying out a series of deadly attacks in an ongoing feud in the constituency.

Yesterday police said they will be intensifying their investigation to find out how a 17-year-old was able to get his hands on a weapon valued at over $100,000.





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