Five shot, 1 dead in St James

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — One man was shot and killed and at least five others injured during a funeral for alleged Quarry, Glendevon 'area leader' Oshane “Ganda” Duhaney, in that inner-city community of St James, yesterday.

The dead man has been identified as Michael Bernard, a resident of the adjoining community of Salt Spring in the parish. A pregnant woman is said to have been among the injured.

The incident occurred despite a state of public emergency, which came into effect in the western parish on Thursday, and a strong police/ military presence in the crime-prone area.

According to reports, around 3:15 pm, as pall-bearers were taking the casket of the 28-year-old Duhaney — who was shot and killed in St Ann last December — from the United Full Gospel Church of God in Quarry, to a waiting chariot, gunshots were heard.

It is reported that several individuals were hit and taken to hospital, where Bernard reportedly succumbed to his injuries.

Alleged eyewitnesses say members of the security forces had just left the funeral service at the church when the shooting started.

Some 335 people were murdered in St James last year, and Bernard's death has pushed the murder toll in the parish to eight, since the start of this year.

— Mark Cummings

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