Students fearful following August Town shooting
At least two university students say they are living in fear as gunmen continue on a rampage through August Town, St Andrew.
The students were voicing their concerns following a shooting incident yesterday in Goldsmith Villa, more commonly known as ‘Angola’, which left one man dead and a university student injured.
“A lot of times, I have to cut my classes short and come home before night falls because the place is not safe. You just can’t walk around as you like, because, while we are not the target, we don’t want to pick up a stray bullet,” one of the students said.
According to the police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the dead man has been identified as Andrew Marriot, otherwise called ‘Pow’, of Goldsmith Villa. Reports are that about 11:50 a.m., Marriot was with a group of persons who were pounced upon by heavily armed men. The gunmen opened fire, hitting both men. The police were summoned, and Marriot was pronounced dead at hospital, while the other male was admitted in serious, but stable condition.
August Town is located in close proximity to two of the Caribbean’s most prominent tertiary institutions – the University of Technology, Jamaica, and The University of the West Indies, Mona. As a result, the community is a temporary home for the students who usually board at houses in the area.
“I don’t want to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, so I am currently seeking boarding elsewhere. When I see the look of fear on my landlady’s face, and she has been living here since the devil was a boy. The sound of gunshots gives me cramps in my stomach, and today (yesterday) was no different. I don’t intend to stay in this community any longer, as anyone of us could have got caught up in that shooting,” the other student said.
Yesterday, when THE STAR visited Angola, the area was eerily tense. Doors and windows were shut tight. Police officers with high-powered weapons were quick to tell the news team to proceed with extreme caution.
“From what I hear, is like a money tanglings him dead over. People a say him put some man to work on a construction site, and when the man dem fi get pay, him a move a way. All mi know, the killer dem come with a vengeance because is a whole heap a shot fire,” a resident said while moving hastily.