(JAMAICA STAR) — An eight-year-old girl was shot at her home in Lethe, St James on Wednesday night.
She is the second child to be hit by bullets fired by marauding gunmen in the western parish this month.
In Wednesday night’s incident, gunmen stormed a board house occupied by 54-year-old Bertland Bennett, unemployed, of Lethe, and fired at him. Some of the bullets exited his house and entered another board house in the yard. It was then that the child was struck in the face.
“A the first time mi si something like this happen a Lethe,” one resident told THE WEEKEND STAR yesterday. “Mi seh, the wul a wi si dung inna the square when wi hear pure gunshot a fire, and people and pickney a bawl out.
“A only inna war show mi hear suh much gunshot fire,” the community member said.
Bennett, who died, is the grandfather of the injured child.
Reports from the Anchovy police are that about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Bennett was at home with his common-law wife and his children. While standing in his yard, he saw two men armed with guns entering the premises. He reportedly ran inside the house and locked the door. The gunmen gave chase, kicked open the door, and shot him multiple times.
The gunmen then left the area on foot.
In a second incident, Terron Kentish, a painter of Hendon Norwood, was killed in the Mango Walk community. He was reportedly in the area visiting a female friend. Two men, both armed with handguns, reportedly entered the room and opened fire, hitting Kentish multiple times. His female companion managed to run from the house and escaped unhurt.
Some 109 persons have been murdered in St James since the start of the year, which is more than the 105 persons killed in the parish in the corresponding period last year.