Teen shot multiple times by gunmen
Mary Brown*, whose teenage son was shot and injured on James Street in Kingston on Monday afternoon, is pleading with the gunmen to cease fire.
The distraught woman spoke with the news team shortly after she visited the 15-year-old at the Kingston Public Hospital. She said she does not believe he was the intended target but was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Please just stop all of this violence. Just stop shooting innocent people. Stop killing off innocent people, please. All of this just don't make any sense. My son is a well-behaved child. He is just in third form and is not somebody who idle and smoke and dem ting deh," she said.
According to police reports, about 1:35 p.m., the teenager was sitting along the roadway among a group of people when a silver Toyota Wish motor car drove up and the occupants opened gunfire at the group. The youngster received gunshot wounds to his neck, chin, left arm, buttocks and left thigh.
Brown said her son remains in stable condition but will have to undergo an operation to remove the bullet that is lodged in his chin.
"I was at work when I call and persons were saying that he got shot up and him dead and mi just start run like mi mad to reach up to the hospital. Mi feel good when dem come up and tell mi him alive," she said.
There has been a long-running gang feud in Central Kingston for more than a year that has resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen persons.