May 15, 2010
Star News



MURDER ON THE HIP STRIP - Gunman walks into store and shoots employee


The world renowned 'Hip Strip' along Gloucester Avenue, in Montego Bay, St James, erupted with fear and anger yesterday evening after a gunman walked into a store and shot a woman dead.

The incident took place inside the posh Harley Davidson franchise store, which is operated by United States citizens residing in Jamaica.

The store's spokesman, Haresh Daswani, told reporters in a brief interview that Janice Beadle, 28, of Glendevon, Montego Bay, was employed to the store since March 31, last year.

"We are in a lot of rage. We are really upset about this," Daswani said. "We are all shaken up. Janice meant a lot to us," he said.

Daswani said he was still not certain what exactly transpired inside the store, but confirmed that robbery could have been the possible motive. He confirmed that money was taken.

He said this was the first time that the store was being robbed. Asked why he thought the store was singled out along the busy thoroughfare, Daswani said, "I think what happened was that the gunman saw two women inside the store and decided to stage a robbery."

Police did not release any information about the incident, but THE STAR understands that Beadle died from a single bullet wound to the neck.

Commanding officer in charge of St James, Merrick Watson, who was present at the scene, did not immediately speak with the media, apparently overwhelmed by the spiralling murder rate gripping the parish.

Meanwhile, People's National Party (PNP) caretaker for North West St James, Henry McCurdy, said enough is enough and called for measures to be implemented to curb the crime situation in St James.

"Every time we try to do something, we seem to shoot ourselves in the foot," one business operator along the strip said.

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