KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday January 14, 2013 – Jamaica police said Monday that they had no proof linking the relatives of eight year-old British visitor, Imani Green, who was shot and killed by a lone gunman over the weekend, to illegal activities on the island.
“We are not ruling out the influence of lottery scamming playing a role in the shooting, but we have not said the family are scammers, neither has the ministry,” Assistant Commissioner of Police, Devon Watkis, told the Gleaner newspaper.
National Security Minister Peter Bunting, Bunting has blamed the pervasive lottery scam for the murder of the eight year, who was shot while at a bar in the northern parish of Trelawny late Friday. Three other people were also injured.
Bunting blamed the incident on “a dispute among persons in and around the community involved in the perennial lottery scam” and that the lottery scam is responsible for more than a 100 deaths across the island.
He, however, assured that young Imani’s death was being investigated at the highest level.
Watkis said that a number of people had been detained by the police for questioning over the weekend, adding “we are continuing operations (we) are not connecting anyone in custody in relation to the murder”.
Media reports said that Imani, who was visiting from Balham, London, was shot in the head and that the gunman, who wore a hoodie, escaped in a waiting vehicle.