Probe launched into shooting of Alpha student

July 01, 2016
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Firemen douse flames from tyres which were lit on East Street in downtown Kingston by angry taxi drivers in response to the shooting of a 15 year old student who wa travelling in a taxi.
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Members of the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) collect a statement from Gregord O'Conner, the driver of the taxi in which a 15 year old student was shot yesterday.

The driver of the robot taxi that was fired upon in Kingston yesterday said he was the victim of bad-driving from policemen, armed with assault rifle, who were travelling in a heavily tinted Hiace van.

A 15-year-old Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) student was shot after gunshots were fired from the van into the car, which had students as its passengers.

The incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. in the vicinity of North and Church streets in Kingston.

Gregord O'Conner, the driver of the taxi, said he referred to the driver of the Hiace as "ediat bwoy" because of the way he was swinging the bus on his vehicle.

"Mi still inna di left lane and him inna di right lane, so him wind down the window on the side door and him seh, 'How you a deal wid police so," O'Conner said.

The driver said he tried to elude the police, who he thought would prosecute him because he was operating contrary to his road licence.

"Di touch, mi touch back, mi bump into a man vehicle, and mi turn and a drive go down. But by this time, one of the police, him out of the vehicle. Him come cross the road wid him rifle inna him hand. So when him have him rifle inna him hand, him a come now like him woulda waa go in front of the vehicle, so mi tek weh from him and a drive Boom! Boom! Boom'," he said.

"Mi hear the likkle girl scream out and when she scream out mi look pon har face and a pure blood," the driver added.

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has ordered the Criminal Investigation Branch and the Inspectorate of the Constabulary to commence an immediate investigation into the incident.

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