October 7, 2023 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and commenced an investigation into a shooting incident that occurred in the vicinity of a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) checkpoint along Oxford and Beeston Streets in Kingston, at approximately 11:00pm on October 6.
The Commission’s enquiries will seek to identify and clarify the circumstances under which at least four civilians were shot and injured and one man was shot and killed. Two of the injured persons are female students under the age of 18 years old. The deceased has been identified as 23 year old Marvin Cummings.
The incident scene, which was processed by INDECOM and the JCF Scene of Crime, is extensive as it includes both a marked JCF service vehicle pursuit as well as an alleged exchange of gunfire at the checkpoint. During the scene processing, over fifty (50) spent casings were recovered.
Members of both the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have confirmed that their weapons were discharged during the incident, and stated that it was in response to being fired at by men travelling on motorcycles.
No firearms have been reported as recovered during this incident.
INDECOM’s investigation is on going as the Commission seeks to determine the full facts and understand the accounts provided by both the members of the Security Forces and the civilians involved. The Commission will provide further details as it becomes available.
Any member of the public who is able to assist the investigation, is encouraged to contact the Commission’s Head Office or send their information, photos or videos directly to INDECOM’s official WhatsApp line at (876)553-5555.