KINGSTON –– The mid-morning murder of a man outside an apartment complex on the outskirts of New Kingston yesterday has triggered fear among residents and staff at businesses in the area.
Detectives from the Kingston and St Andrew Major Investigation Task Force report that about 11:30 a.m. Collin Mann, 43, and another individual were standing at the entrance to the complex on Kensington Crescent when a group of armed men, travelling in a car, drove up and alighted from the vehicle.
Mann, the Jamaica Observer was told, made a desperate attempt to escape but was chased and shot several times in the street.
The other individual, who was injured, was rushed to hospital where he has been admitted.
“Reports we received are that close to midday the two men were at the complex when they were attacked by criminals who shot them several times and then escaped in a waiting motor car,” said one detective.
Police said a motive has not been identified, but explained that they were following several leads, one of them being that the attack, which they believe could be a contract killing, was linked to the shooting death of a couple in Lea’s Flat, Red Hills, St Andrew, over a week ago.
That, however, has not eased the fear of some residents, many of whom work in and around New Kingston and in offices in the vicinity of yesterday’s brazen murder.
“This sort of thing go happen in the area, it has left all of us in fear,” said one woman who told the Observer that she was walking on Kensington Crescent when she heard loud explosions.
“I was so shocked, all I could do was run to a nearby property and hide,” she said.
Another woman said she was in her house when she heard the gunshots.
“I heard the shots, but I just never imagined it was in the area. This has really left me in shock,” she said.
Yesterday, as police continued their search for clues at the crime scene, they sought to assure residents that they had nothing to fear, adding that they will be keeping a presence in the area.