Imani Green was shot and killed in gang revenge attack
Eight people have reportedly been arrested over a shooting which claimed the life of an eight year-old British schoolgirl in Jamaica.
Imani Green, from Balham in south London, was killed in the rural village of Duncan in Trelawny on Friday night while she was on holiday visiting relatives.
Imani was reportedly shot twice, first in the head and then in the shoulder, in what is currently believed to be a revenge attack that left three others injured.
The schoolgirl was found in a pool of blood by her grandmother, and was immediately taken to hospital, where she later died.
Superintendent Steve Brown from Jamaica’s police force told BBC Breakfast: ‘We have taken people into custody as we search for a motive for the attack.
‘We’ve heard about gang warfare but we find it a bit difficult to believe because where the incident took place it is a sleepy community, nothing happens there, it’s an isolated incident.’
However he reassured British viewers that: ‘We are confident we will make a breakthrough very, very soon.’
Imani, who suffered from sickle cell anaemia, attended Fircroft Primary School in Tooting. The school’s headteacher Anne Wilson had allowed her to have a longer New Year’s holiday so she could spend time with her family.
Her sister, Janella Parmer described the incident: ‘We heard gunshots. We ran outside and shouted “Imani, Imani, Imani”,’ she said.
‘I picked her up off the ground and realized she was still breathing. I flagged down a car and they drove us to hospital. The rest is history.’