Sex workers shot

October 09, 2020

The Barnett Street police have commenced an investigation into the shooting death of a man, and the wounding of two female sex workers in downtown Montego Bay on Wednesday night.

The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Ackeem 'Chino' Barrett, unemployed of Norwood, in St James.

Reports by the police are that shortly after 8 p.m., Barrett was walking along the roadway in the vicinity of Strand Street and Love Lane, when he was approached by a man with whom he has had a long-standing dispute.

It is further reported that the man brandished a handgun and chased Barrett, who ran towards a hangout spot used by prostitutes.

The gunman opened fire hitting Barrett multiple times, and also shot the two women in the process. He then escaped on foot.

The Barnett Street police were summoned and upon arrival, the victims were rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where Barrett was pronounced dead, and the women admitted in serious condition.

"Mi nearly dead too, a di Good Lord save mi from get shot because mi di stan' up a talk to one a the girls dem too," another prostitute told THE WEEKEND STAR. "Mi see wen the bredda a chase the other youth, but wi neva know seh him did have a gun in a him hand. Is wen the youth reach up to wi and wi hear the gunshot dem a fire wi know what a gwan."

"A di first time mi encounta dem yah sinting yah. Mi seh everybody haffe tek foot because di boy a fire pure shot. Is like him nuh care who him kill just as long as him know seh the other boy dead," she added.

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