Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams says there is no evidence to suggest that last night’s shooting incident which brought an abrupt end to the JLP’s mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James was politically motivated.
Two men are confirmed dead while six others are nursing gunshot wounds, following the incident which occurred at about 10:18pm.
In a statement today, Dr. Williams says based on police investigations, the shooting resulted from a dispute among persons who were in attendance at the public meeting.
He says police are aware that prior to the shooting, there were attempts by other people at the meeting to quell the dispute.
The story of the shooting has been picked up by American broadcaster NBC News, which has quoted the Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, describing the incident as an act of terror.
Commissioner Williams says he’s satisfied there was an adequate number of police personnel supported by the military, to provide security at the meeting.
He says investigators are following good leads and are confident the case will be solved.
He’s appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Dr. Williams says the police remain committed to ensuring that the rest of the election campaign period is as peaceful as possible.
Meanwhile, JLP Deputy Leader, Desmond McKenzie, says the party has no information to suggest that last night’s shooting incident was politically motivated.
Mr. McKenzie, who chaired last night’s meeting, says the JLP is in shock.
And the Police have released the names of those injured in last night’s shooting incident in Sam Sharpe Square.
They are 34 year old Nanya Swaby of Granville, St. James, who was shot in the right leg.
Twenty-seven year old Nasheena Sutherland, a Hair Dresser of Norwood, St. James. She was shot in the left leg.
Thirty-five year old Orane Reddy of Kensington in Kingston, who was shot in the right leg and abdomen.
Sixty-year old Sylvester Daley of Glendevon in St. James, who was shot in the buttocks.
Thirty-year old Tasika Tulloch, a Cosmetologist of Lewis District, St. Ann, who was shot in both legs and 40 year old Terry Ann Harvey of Bogue Hill, St. James who was shot in the abdomen and right leg.
Meanwhile, the Police say the body of an unidentified man, which was clad in a blue jeans pants, yellow shirt, yellow Adidas sneakers and a green head tie, was found close to the Montego Bay civic center.
The Police say a third person was last night shot dead on Barnett Street in Montego Bay.
However, it has not yet been determined whether that fatality is connected to the shooting which marred the JLP meeting.
Speaking today at the PNP’s Old Hope Road base, the party’s National Campaign Director, Dr. Peter Phillips distanced the PNP from any act of violence in St. James.