Thursday, April 13, 2017
CONTENT, St James - New information has emerged that the bullet which killed 16-year-old Muschett High student Shanique Rose, last Friday, was fired from inside the minibus in which she was a passenger, and not by an angry motorist.
Initial reports of the fatal shooting were that the incident was triggered by an altercation between the bus driver and an irate motorist who opened fire into the minibus.
But investigations have revealed that the story was a complete fabrication.
The police had earlier reported that the student was killed on Friday when the motorist, complaining about the bright lights on the minibus, fired in anger at the vehicle. Rose was allegedly hit by the motorist's bullets and taken to hospital where she succumbed to her wounds.
There were no reports of any other injuries.
However, based on information reaching the Jamaica Observer West it was revealed that about 11:30 pm on Friday the grade 10 student was among a group heading home on a bus from a party not far from her Content community.
Along the way, a gun-toting passenger allegedly began firing shots in the air after leaning outside the vehicle.
It is alleged that on one occasion the pistol jammed, and as the passenger was attempting to release it, a shot went off ending up in the back of the girl, who had turned 16 years old the previous day.
This resulted in the occupants of the bus, including one of Rose's elder sisters, reportedly fabricating the story that a dispute developed between the bus driver and an oncoming motorist who verbally assaulted the bus driver for failing to turn off his headlights at a rest stop.
"They were trying to use that story just to cover up what happened because they were scared to talk about what really happened that night," a source who requested anonymity told the Observer West. more