Shooting of 5-y-o draws OCA's attention

September 05, 2016
Gordon-Harrison

With the new school year officially starting today, the Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) is calling for the protection of children on a national level.This as several children have been killed or injured in violent incident this year, especially over the summer holiday. Some will not take their rightful seats in a classroom as they occupy the morgue or hospital beds.

The latest incident occurred yesterday when a five-year-old girl was among a group of four people who were shot and injured on Tulip Lane in Denham Town. Police said that at about 12:10 p.m., residents were standing along the road when armed men approached and opened gunfire. When the shooting subsided, three men and the child received gunshot wounds. The child's condition is considered serious ,but stable.

The West Kingston area has been on edge over the past weeks as rival gangs trade bullets. The presence of the police in these communities is seemingly not a deterrent as gangsters launch repeated attacks, killing even infants. Two-year-old Demario Whyte was murdered in another gang-related shooting on Luke Lane in Kingston on August 23.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison is worried too many children are being harmed in crossfire or deliberately. She said the safety of children must be taken more seriously."Every time there is an incident, we get involved. What we will endeavour to do is to get in contact with all the stakeholders and to see how the police are dealing with it," Gordon-Harrison said in relation to the shooting incident yesterday.

A.W.

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