A female student of the Alpha high school is now in Hospital after being shot in the head this morning while in a taxi on her way to school.
Its reported that she was shot during a high speed chase involving a taxi operator.
Reports in the media suggests that police had signal a taxi operator to stop, but the cab driver ignored the warning and led the cops on a high speed chase. Gunshots were reportedly heard later and the student and an adult were left nursing gunshot wounds.
However the police are reporting that the shooting incident was carried out by men wearing vests similar to that of the police but they were not lawmen.
NEW UPDATES: The driver of a taxi in which a student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) was shot this morning says the shocked teen asked him if she was going to die.
The teen was shot when police allegedly opened fire on the vehicle at the intersection of North Street and Mark Lane.
The driver told The Gleaner that he was the one to take the injured teen to hospital.
He said after allowing the other passengers to get out of the vehicle the injured student also attempted to get out of the vehicle in fear of being shot again.
“Mi say, 'No! You cyan come out! I have to carry you up a public [Kingston Public Hospital]'," the driver said, recounting the incident.
"She said: 'Driver, mi a guh dead?'. And mi seh, 'no'.”
The taxi operator said he proceeded to the Kingston Public Hospital where the child, who suffered a wound to the head, is now undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile, disgruntled taxi operators later blocked a section of the roadway on North Parade in downtown Kingston to protest the shooting of the schoolgirl.
They used an old refrigerator, tyres and other debris to block the road.
The operators have accused the police of acting extra judiciously.
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