Two shot at Clarendon party, one fatally
Patrons hanging out at a bar (and restaurant) in Race Track, Clarendon were sent scampering for cover last night as several explosions rang out amidst the loud music at the gathering.
When the music subsided, two men were discovered suffering from gunshot wounds.
It was later revealed that Oral Grant, a 38-year-old taxi operator who is a resident of the community, died after he was shot several times in the upper body.
It is reported reported that Grant was playing on a sound system when three armed men entered and opened fire at him. He appeared to have died on the scene.
The injured man, a 31 year old labourer from a nearby community was taken to hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
At a town hall meeting held in Clarendon last week, the Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams, reported that while all other major crimes are down in the parish, murders continue to increase.
"The bad news is that murders are up in Clarendon and it matters not if crime is down, because murders are seen if they are up as the only ill in terms of the work that we do, so if crimes are down generally and murders are up, the police and citizens will not be seen as succeeding at the work that we do," he said.
This latest incident brings to 36 the number of murders recorded in Clarendon since the start of the year.