The Central Kingston community of South Side is tense this afternoon, after an alleged area leader, was shot during a drive by shooting.

The shooting reportedly happened shortly after 3 this afternoon.

Nationwide News understands, the man was walking along East Queen Street in the vicinity of Maiden Lane when he was pounced upon by unknown assailants.

It’s also understood, the man was motionless when he was taken to hospital.

His status is unclear.

The Kingston Central police confirmed with our news centre that there was a shooting.

The police division registered the biggest percentage jump in murders across the country in 2019.

According to statistics from the Constabulary, there was a 142% increase in murders, up to December 28.

Over the period 39 people were killed in the division.

That’s up from the 16 people killed in the division over the similar period in 2018.