There were scenes of pandemonium on Tuesday afternoon at the Spanish Town Courthouse in St. Catherine as an attempted drive-by shooting, led to the fatal shooting of one of the would-be assassins by the police.
An off-duty police officer is nursing injuries suffered during the mayhem.
Another man is now under police guard after he turned up at the Spanish Town Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.
According to the police, the attempted drive-by is related to a triple murder that occurred in Thompson Pen, St. Catherine on Sunday night. Three people were killed in a bar in that incident.
Our news centre understands, the would-be assassins were targeting a woman who’s believed to be a witness to the Thompson Pen murders.
According to reports about 12:30 this afternoon, armed thugs travelling in a white Probox motor car opened fire on a crowd attending court.
The quick reactions of police personnel led to a shoot-out between them and the armed thugs at the intersection of King Street and Manchester Street.
That’s less than a block from the Spanish Town Courthouse.
The shooting sent attorneys, civilians and court staff scrambling for cover inside the courthouse.
In attempting to escape, the gunmen’s car crashed into the private motor vehicle of an off-duty policeman and another car.
The off-duty policeman was injured in the three-car collision. He’s now being treated in hospital. One of the alleged shooters died on the spot.
The other three men eventually escaped. But, while the police were at the Spanish Town Hospital a man turned up nursing gunshot wounds.
It’s believed he was one of the men involved in the drive-by shooting. He’s now under police guard while receiving treatment at the hospital.
Police are now on the hunt for the other two men who escaped. It was a busy day at the courthouse today as three courts were hearing about 100 cases.
After a brief delay the courts continued their hearings for the day. It’s understood the gunmen missed their target and the other people who were attending court.
According to recent Jamaica Constabulary Force statistics, the St. Catherine North police division leads the nation in murders this year. It has so far seen 26 murders in the first 41 days of the year.