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Second Duncans shooting leaves Falmouth community in fear

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, January 15, 2013    

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DUNCANS, Trelawny — The normally quiet rural community of Duncans has been plunged into a state of shock and fear following a daring daylight attack by a lone gunman a few metres away from the Duncans Police Station, which has left one man dead and another nursing injuries.

The police have identified the dead man as Xavier Lewis, formerly of a Duncans, Trelawny, address.

The injured man was admitted to hospital in serious condition. His identity has been withheld.

The shooting reportedly happened around 1:00 pm outside Lewis' home. It has been reported that Lewis and the other man was sitting in a parked vehicle when the gunman struck. He died on the spot, while the injured man was rushed to hospital.

The incident drew a number of curious onlookers who jostled to get a view of Lewis' body.

The police theorised that that the deadly attack may be linked to Friday night's slaying of eight-year-old British national Imani Green.

"We are theorising that it may have been a reprisal, but it is early days yet," SSP Derrick Champagnie, the crime officer for Area One Police Division, told the Jamaica Observer.

Reports are that on Friday night, a lone gunman peppered a shop with bullets in the Red Dirt section of Duncans, injuring Imani and three adults, including two women.

The injured were taken to the Falmouth Hospital where Imani died while undergoing treatment.

The injured women were, up to late yesterday, still in hospital undergoing treatment.

A number of men taken into custody in connection with Friday's gun attack were still being processed last night by senior members of the Falmouth CIB, headed by Inspector Wayne Jacobs.

Meanwhile, yesterday's shooting saw a number of parents rushing to collect their children from the Duncans All-Age School, which is not too far from the crime scene.

Residents, who were for the most part tight-lipped about the latest development in their community, were however overheard expressing their fears.

"We are scared now. We used to go out and come in any time, but we can't afford to do it now. What is this happening in the normally peaceful Duncans?" one woman was overheard questioning another.

"Mi call mi son and tell him say any time him leave work him must go straight a him yard," another expressed.

Meanwhile, other residents called for the death of the person responsible for Imani's killing.

"If it was my child, a whole heap a gunshot would a bus' up inna Duncans. The news team would have to come up here every day," one man argued.

The police say they will be maintaining a strong presence in the community.

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