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Councillor vows to stay after gun attack in Red Hills

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Red Hills division in St Catherine West Central, Keith McCook, said that he is not overly worried by the recent attempt on his life.

McCook was attacked by unknown assailants who drove up to his gate on a motorcycle last Tuesday about 9:30 p.m. and proceeded to call him out of his house.

Before he could reached the bottom of his stairs, one of the men opened fire and sped away.

McCook was unhurt.

“I have been living in this community all my life and I have not done any harm to anyone for this to happen to me,” McCook told The Gleaner.

“... All of a sudden this incident took place, but I will not run away from my house and I will continue to serve the people.”

McCook retained the division in the 2016 local government elections by amassing 60 per cent of the votes to outmatch Donovan Nathan of the People’s National Party.

While making it clear that he was not suggesting any link to the Tuesday attack, McCook revealed that a small band of supporters had turned against him and were backing another prospective candidate from the party.

“As far as I know the application was not accepted, because the party does not have a problem with my work in the division, neither the majority of the people,” McCook said.

Senior superintendent in charge of the St Catherine North police, Beau Rigabie, said that no motive has been identified for the attack.

Ruddy Mathison