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UK girl, eight, shot and killed in Jamaica

2013-01-13 08:34:31

An eight-year-old girl from London has been shot dead while on holiday in Jamaica.

Imani Green was in her cousin's shop in the rural north coast town of Duncans when a man entered the store on Friday and an argument broke out.

Police said the man then opened fire, shooting at people inside.

Imani, whose family live in Balham, south London, was hit and died later in hospital. Three other people are being treated for their injuries.

The BBC's Nick Davis in Kingston said Imani and her mother and sister had been staying with relatives in Duncans.

They had arrived on the island on 27 December and are thought to have been planning to return to the UK at the end of the month.

At about 20:30 GMT on Friday a man walked into the store which is owned by the girl's cousin and opened fire.

'Reprisal shooting'

Her sister, Jenelle Palmer, said: "I picked her up off the ground and realised she was still breathing.

"I flagged down a car and they drove us to hospital."

Imani is understood to have been hit twice, once in the head, and died later in hospital.

The three others, believed to be two women and a man, are now said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Speaking on 5 live, Nick Davis said Duncans was seen as a "sleepy town and a backwater".

The shooting had "really come as a shock to that local community, crime is pretty much unheard of", he said.

The area also recorded the second lowest figure for murder in Jamaica last year, he added.

Police said there were a number of lines of inquiry but one theory was that the shooting was in reprisal for an earlier gun attack but no further details of this incident have been revealed.

The Foreign Office has confirmed it has been providing consular assistance and liaising with local authorities since the shooting on 11 January.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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