Shock as girl shot dead in Jamaica

Andover Advertiser: A property at Old Hospital Close, Balham in south London, where Imani Green was said to have lived A property at Old Hospital Close, Balham in south London, where Imani Green was said to have lived

A community has been left in shock after an eight-year-old British girl was shot dead in Jamaica.

Reports have named the schoolgirl as Imani Green, who was killed in the town of Duncans on Friday night.

Imani, from Balham, south London, is understood to have died after being shot twice, including once in the head, in what may have been a revenge attack, reports suggested.

Imani's sister, Janella Parmer, told the BBC: "We heard gunshots. We ran outside and shouted 'Imani, Imani, Imani'. I picked her up off the ground and realised she was still breathing. I flagged down a car and they drove us to hospital. The rest is history."

Neighbours said members of the girl's family left their home at Old Hospital Close for a flight to Jamaica early on Sunday.

One friend of the family, who asked not to be named, said: "This is a close-knit community, so this is going to hurt us." Another added: "Nobody wants to speak, she was just a little girl. This is all so sad. We're distraught."

A British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Jamaica on January 11. We are providing consular assistance and liaising with local authorities in Jamaica. We cannot comment further on cases involving minors."

The young girl was said to have been with relatives at a cafe owned by her cousin when a gunman entered and opened fire following an argument. Three other people were injured in the shooting and taken to hospital for treatment, but are thought to be in a stable condition.

Jamaica's security minister, Peter Bunting, said he thought the girl might have been caught up in a lottery scam reprisal attack.

He told Channel 4 News: "The initial report that I received from the police seems to suggest that this was a reprisal attack for a shooting late last year that was related to a lottery scam."

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