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erupts in St Andrew South on Nomination Day
LABOUR Party (JLP) supporters scrambled on Friday when a barrage
of gunshots were allegedly fired at them while they marched
along West Avenue in the St. Andrew South Western constituency.
'Father Binns' Duhaney, the JLP contender for the Greenwich
Town division, had been nominated at the Greenwich Town Primary
School before the shooting occurred.
first shot was heard while the throng of flag waving supporters
was walking along the avenue. Within ten seconds, three more
shots were fired and then a series of explosions rang out.
"The shot just miss barely miss mi," an obviously
shaken Duhaney said. "I saw the guy with the gun, him
fire from behind a wall an' then him come out right in front
of me," he said. But, according to Duhaney, the trigger
man was accompanied by at least three other men. No one was
injured in the incident.
supporters who later converged on East Avenue, accused the
police of forfeiting their agreement to escort them throughout
Claude Samuels, Superintendent in charge of. St. Andrew South
Police Division said, "police officers were in the area".
However The Gleaner observed two patrol vehicles on West Avenue
only after the explosions had subsided.
Samuels said the police have since commenced an investigation
into the incident, however, he said preliminary investigations
reveal that the shots were fired in the air and not at the
JLP supporters also alleged that the shooting was part of
a plan mobilised by the People's National Party to intimidate
of Parliament for St. Andrew South Western, Portia Simpson
Miller, who had accompanied three of the PNP's contenders
to the Greenwich Town Nomination centre told The Gleaner that
she was not aware of the shooting incident. She also dismissed
the JLP's claims that persons were mobilised to intimidate
them. "Why didn't they inform the police and not allow
it to happen if they knew (that there was a plan to intimidate
them)?" queried Mrs. Simpson Miller.