22-year-old shot dead in Westmoreland
Jermaine Vaz

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – Despite a freshly imposed state of emergency (SOE) in the parish, a 22-year-old man was killed and another injured in a gun attack on the Auchindown main road in Whitehouse, Westmoreland on Sunday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Jermaine Vaz, otherwise called 'Kid' of a Sunset Drive, Whitehouse address.

Reports are that Vaz and his friend were travelling along the Auchindown main road on a blue Suzuki Access motorcycle driven by the injured man. On reaching the vicinity of a hotel, a white motor car drove up from behind and the occupants opened gunfire at them.

The injured man lost control of the motorcycle which ran off the road into nearby bushes, resulting in both men falling from the motorcycle. When the shooting subsided it was discovered that Vaz received gunshot wounds to his left arm, left leg and abdomen.

They were assisted to the Black River General Hospital by a passing motorist where Vaz died while undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile the driver of the motorcycle was treated and admitted in stable condition.

Investigations are ongoing, the police said.

– Kimberley Peddie

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