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St Andrew home refurbishing marred by shooting, murder

Published:Friday | June 9, 2023 | 1:28 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The St Andrew North Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), up to press time last night were at the scene of a murder and shooting at a house along Boone Hall Road in Stony Hill, St Andrew.

The heavy downpour of rain did not deter a gunman from executing a man and shooting a woman in the head about 3:30 p.m.

At last check, the deceased man remained unidentified.

The incident occurred while the victims were at the location carrying out repair works.

“They were there working ,and the rain come down. Me hear bam bam bam and thought it was the hammer a beat the zinc. Rain was heavy, heavy and so most people did not know what was happening until the rain subside a while after,” a resident told The Gleaner.

The gunman reportedly escaped on foot.

When The Gleaner arrived, bloodstains were visible at the entrance and inside the home.

The military and the police were on hand, combing the area for clues.

Residents appeared shocked by the incident and questioned what could have led to the attack.

A sibling of the injured woman told The Gleaner that she was responding well and their family was hoping for the best.

“She got a shot to her head. She is talking and responding to the doctors … . They were only doing a little work on the house. From week start, they were working there,” said the sibling.

The Gleaner understands that the house was purchased a few years ago and repairs were being done to change the aesthetics with a view to earning from a possible Airbnb business model.

Investigations are ongoing.

The St Andrew North Police Division recorded a 36 per cent decline in murders up to April 30.

Since the start of the year, 16 persons have been killed compared to 25 the previous year for the period under review.