SAN JUAN – Three people were killed and several others wounded in a shooting at a rally of the main opposition Jamaica Labor Party in Montego Bay, police said Monday.
Gunfire rang out Sunday night as JLP leader Andrew Holness addressed thousands of supporters during an event to kick off the campaign for the Feb. 25 general elections.
As soon as shots were fired, police surrounded former Prime Minister Holness and hustled him off the stage while JLP officials urged the crowd to disperse and return to their homes.
Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and a third died while being treated at a hospital, police said in a statement.
Authorities identified one of the dead as Javin Campbell, 22, a reputed gang member.
The shooting originated from a dispute among persons attending the meeting, according to police, who said that at least five explosions were heard at the rally.
“I am terribly saddened by last night’s unspeakable incident and my sympathy goes out to the families of those who lost their lives and my prayers are with those who were injured,” Holness said Monday in a statement.
The party leader condemned what he called a “barefaced and heartless attack on the democratic process.”
The governing People’s National Party also condemned the incident, describing it as “unfortunate and tragic.”
JLP chair Dr. Horace Chang has sought an urgent meeting with PNP counterpart Paul Burke, Police Commissioner Carl Williams and Jamaica’s ombudswoman, Donna Parchment Brown.