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INDECOM probing shooting death of Immaculate high student
The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, has launched its probe into the shooting death of 16-year-old Vanessa Kirkland on Tuesday night and the injury of four other persons.
Kirkland, an Immaculate High Student, was shot in what the police have described as a shooting incident involving criminals and lawmen on Norman Lane in Kingston.
The injured persons have not yet been positively identified. INDECOM says the police report revealed that members of the JCF responded to the robbery of a mobile phone, and a subsequent assault of the victim. The perpetrators allegedly sped off in a blue Suzuki Swift motor car.
INDECOM says several residents reportedly joined the police in a chase but lost sight of the motor car in which the alleged robbers were traveling. That incident was broadcast over the police radio network and shortly after, the car was allegedly spotted on Washington Boulevard. INDECOM says the police reports reveal that the police pursued the car to Norman Road where a shooting occurred during which the car and the occupants inside were shot up.
A birthday party was in progress on the road when the shooting started. INDECOM notes that there were several eyewitnesses who claimed the police vehicles came in the lane shortly after the car, a Suzuki drove in and started firing at the car before any of the occupants had a chance to get out. The teenager was shot and later pronounced dead. The scene was processed by the INDECOM forensics team and statements are being collected. INDECOM is appealing to anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to call its office at 968-8875.