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January 16, 2013
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Police post set up after hospital invasion

A police post has been erected at the May Pen Hospital in the wake of a patient being shot fatally by armed men who entered the hospital ward early yesterday morning.

The dead man has since been identified as 36-year-old Adif Washington of a Milk River, Clarendon, address.

Information gathered by THE STAR is that Washington, who was reportedly out on bail on a charge of attempted murder and abduction, was admitted to the hospital in serious condition for a gunshot wound he sustained after being attacked in the community on Sunday.

According to reports, about 12:30 a.m. yesterday, men entered the ward where Washington was being treated, and shot him multiple times.

Our news team was told he was shot approximately four times in his head and his attackers escaped.

Sometime yesterday an emergency meeting was called with the police and the management of the Clarendon-based hospital.

THE STAR was informed that following that meeting, a police post, to operate on a 24-hour basis, was established with immediate effect at the hospital.

Our news team was told that other matters discussed at the meeting relate to ways in which the overall security at the hospital could be enhanced.

A wall was proposed by the police to be built around the hospital, to prevent easy access to the compound.

THE STAR was told by the police that counselling is being offered to members of staff at the hospital, and other patients who may have been affected by the incident.

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