South East St. Andrew shooting: 2 arrests

Written by Howard Campbell


Photo by Hans Deryk, Reuters: Soldiers guarding a polling station in South St. Andrew today, while members of the public queue to vote.

Two men are in police custody following an incident at the Grace Temple polling station in East Kingston. Police are investigating whether the men were amongst an armed group who invaded the station just before 12 midday.

Joan Gordon-Webley, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for South East St. Andrew, said the men entered the premises in two cars and began firing shots, forcing persons to run for safety.

One of the cars was seized.

The area has a strong bias to the JLP, within the constituency, for which the incumbent is Maxine Henry-Wilson of the People’s National Party (PNP). The polling station was closed temporarily, but police said voting is expected to resume. Six persons were murdered in the previous two days in the constituency.

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