Good Samaritan shot dead
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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man who came to the rescue of a woman who was being robbed after leaving Alkaline’s New Rules party at the National Stadium this morning, was shot dead by the robber.

Police said 21-year-old Orthniel Rowayne Thomas was trying to be a good Samaritan and attempted to retrieve an item stolen from the robbery victim when he was killed.

Thomas worked at a call centre in Montego Bay, St James, but lived in James Hill, Clarendon.

It was reported that about 3:50 am, two men on a motorcycle, one armed with a handgun, accosted a group of people coming from the party, along Tom Redcam Road, near the library.

Police said the pillion came off the motorbike and robbed a woman of her bag. Thomas then intervened and tried to get it back.

The gunman opened fire at Thomas, hitting him in his left upper back. He collapsed on the roadway, and the other persons, except the woman, ran leaving him. The police said the shooter then escaped on the waiting motorcycle.

The woman stopped a passing police unit which rushed Thomas to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:00 am.

The St. Andrew Central police are probing the incident.

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