Shock after eight-year-old girl shot dead in Jamaican attack
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.
Imani's sister, Janella Parmer, told the BBC: "We heard gunshots. We ran outside and shouted 'Imani, Imani, Imani'.
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"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 in Britain yesterday spoke of their sorrow following the girl's death.
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."
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 others were injured in the shooting and taken to hospital for treatment, but are thought to be in a stable condition.
Police told the BBC that there were a number of lines of inquiry, but one theory was that the shooting was in reprisal for an earlier gun attack.
Imani arrived on the island with her mother shortly before New Year to stay with relatives.
A British Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said it was providing consular assistance.