Woman used as shield in gun attack


July 11, 2016

A Clarendon woman was shot and killed last week after being used as a shield by a man who was the intended target.

The woman has been identified as 51-year-old Sonia Mitchell, a domestic helper from Banks district in the parish.

Residents told THE STAR that the shooting happened some time after 1 p.m. last Wednesday in the Exeter community, while Mitchell and a reputed gangster were passengers in a taxi.

A Toyota Axio allegedly pulled up beside the taxi and gunmen opened fire at the reputed gangster, who used Mitchell to block some of the bullets that were aimed at him.

Mitchell received several gunshot wounds and succumbed at hospital. The gangster who was also hit in the shooting has since been hospitalised. However, the taxi driver escaped the incident unhurt.

It's reported that the gunmen engaged cops in a shoot-out before escaping, leaving behind their motor car. The police said a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver was also found during a search of the scene.


Residents said the shooting was sparked by an ongoing gang feud in Rocky Point. However, they were unable to identify the cause of the feud. Efforts to speak with the head of the Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, proved futile yesterday, but officers from the division confirmed the residents' claims.

Clarendon has been marked as one of the bloodiest parishes since January. Earlier this year, Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams called the parish one of the most "dangerous places" in Jamaica. Williams told residents of the parish that they can help the police combat crime by being nosy and sharing whatever information they had.

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