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UK Girl, Eight, Shot Dead in Jamaica

13 Jan 2013

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An eight-year-old girl from London has been shot dead while on holiday in Jamaica.

Imani Green was in her cousin's shop in the rural north coast town of Duncans when a man entered the store on Friday and an argument broke out.

Police said the man then opened fire, shooting at people inside, reports the BBC.

Imani, whose family live in Balham, south London, was hit and died later in hospital. Three other people are being treated for their injuries.

The BBC's Nick Davis in Kingston said Imani and her mother were staying with relatives in Duncans.

They had arrived on the island shortly before New Year and are thought to have been planning to return to the UK at the end of the month.

At about 20:30 GMT on Friday a man walked into the store which is owned by the girl's cousin and opened fire.

Imani is understood to have been hit twice, once in the head, and died later in hospital.

Three other people were hit and injured but they are now said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Police said there are a number of lines of inquiry but one theory is that the shooting was in reprisal for an earlier gun attack but no further details of this incident have been revealed.

The Foreign Office has confirmed it has been providing consular assistance and liaising with local authorities since the shooting on January 11.

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