Jamaica: Gunman issued threat before killing two, injuring ten at unauthorised party

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Jamaica: Gunman issued threat before killing two, injuring ten at unauthorised party
DEAD: Mark ‘Hot Head’ Morgan (left) and Kayson ‘CoCo’ Blair.

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — The police on Monday sent a warning to event promoters to adhere to stipulations when granted permits to host events and to desist from staging unauthorised parties in the wake of a mass shooting at a Westmoreland party on Sunday night in which 12 persons were hit, two fatally.

The deceased have been identified as Mark ‘Hot Head’ Morgan, a 31-year-old labourer of Gordon district, and 30-year-old Kayson ‘CoCo’ Blair, a farmer of Petersville district, both in Westmoreland.

The injured persons, who have all been hospitalised with some reportedly battling for their lives, are seven males and three females.

According to reports, about 8 p.m on Sunday, Blair, who is said to be a promoter, was hosting a party at the Under Vybz Sports Bar on Gordon Road, when Morgan and another man reportedly got into in a heated dispute.

The man reportedly left the venue on a motorcycle in a huff, threatening to kill Morgan. Minutes later, he returned with a firearm and attacked Morgan.

Blair, who is said to be related to Morgan, intervened in an attempt to quell the dispute. However, the angry gunman opened fire hitting both men.

When other patrons tried to apprehend him, he turned his weapon on them as well, firing several rounds as he ran from the building, escaping on a motorcycle.

Superintendent Robert Gordon, commanding officer the Westmoreland Police, bemoaned the fact that parties were being staged in contravention of the COVID-19 containment orders under the Disaster Risk Management Act.

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