Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Killed near bar

A PAST argument over a Play Whe ticket is believed to be the reason why a Carenage man was gunned down on Friday night, bringing the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 24.

The victim, who has been identified as McLean Brown, 43, of L’Anse Mitan Road, was shot dead around 10 p.m. outside a bar close to Smith Hill in Carenage. Prior to his arrival at the bar, the two gunmen who carried out the killing were seen nearby “looking for him”, said investigating officers.

Officers said Brown arrived at the bar shortly after and was having drinks with other patrons on the compound of the business place, when the gunmen approached and opened fire, hitting Brown several times about the body.

He managed to run a short distance but later collapsed at the side of the roadway, while the shooters managed to escape, said police. They said residents in the area placed Brown in a vehicle and rushed him to the St James hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said Brown was not known to be involved in any criminal activities. They said he used to previously do odd jobs in and around the bar.

“He was not any troublesome person. He was good with everybody in that area,” said one investigator.

The investigator explained that some time ago, Brown had an altercation with a man in the area over the changing of a Play Whe ticket.

During the altercation, the man was said to have spat in Brown’s face after which Brown beat him about the body. 

“And that was not the first time he spat in his face. He did it a few times before as well,” said the investigator.

He added that following the incident, Brown made a report at the St James Police Station after which the man was interviewed. However, the man reportedly told officers he did not want to pursue the matter in court and asked that the police not get involved.

Homicide officers are continuing investigations into the killing.