A male vendor was rushed to hospital on Monday afternoon after he was attacked and shot by gunmen inside the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston.
Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.
Shortly after the shooting, the criminals were reportedly making their escape when they ran into a police team in the area.
Loop News understands that a shootout ensued and, after a more than two minute gun battle, the men escaped.
The condition of the vendor is not known at this time.
It is the latest in a string of gun attacks against vendors at the Coronation Market who are reportedly the target of extortionists in the area.
Just over a week ago, 27-year-old vendor Tavan Rowe was shot and killed while selling his produce in the market.
For years, criminal networks, including that of the Presidential Click led in the past by Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, have made millions of dollars extorting business operators, higglers and taxi operators, especially in downtown Kingston.
The money ensured the expansion of criminal activities and the swanky lifestyle of gang members, who were part of these illicit networks.
The extortion racket in downtown Kingston seemed to have been busted in the wake of the May 2010 operation to apprehend Coke, who was eventually extradited to the US where he’s currently serving time for criminal activities.
However, as the shock of the operation wore off, reports started emerging that criminals were again trying to extort higglers and business operators, to include wholesale operators.