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Five dead, two injured in St James shootings

— Anthony Lewis

Thursday, December 12, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Five people were shot dead and another two were injured in two shooting incidents in this parish yesterday.

Last night, Senior Superintendent in charge of the St James Police Division, Egbert Parkins has sought to reassure the public that the constabulary will utilise all legal means to bring those responsible to justice.

In the first incident, the police say about 4:15 am they responded to calls from residents about explosions in the 'Gully' area of William Street of Montego Bay. They said that, on arrival, an unidentified male was seen lying in a pool of blood with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Two other persons, who were found suffering from gunshot wounds, were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital for treatment. One, 19-year-old labourer Leonardo Haughton, died while undergoing treatment, and the other, identified as his mother, Rose-Marie Haughton, was treated and released. The name of the person who was lying in the pool of blood was not ascertained.

In the second incident, which occurred in the Hibiscus area of the Norwood community, the police said 27-year-old mechanic Shane Angling and a female identified as Nicolette Palmer were found dead following explosions in the area. A third person, 20-year-old Natasha Palmer, who was also injured in the incident, later died in hospital.

Yesterday, SSP Parkins appealed to the public to come forward with information on the latest murders to have rocked the parish.

"We want to use this medium to appeal to the community to give the police any information that can assist us with these investigations. It is important for the people of St James to understand that the police and the community have to work together to

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