Vendor killed on market compound

July 09, 2020

The Falmouth police are investigating whether a quarrel between two vendors over a vending spot inside the popular Bend-Down Market, in the town yesterday, ended with one of them being shot and killed.

The deceased has since been identified as 51-year-old Wayne Reid, a vendor of Church Street in Lucea, Hanover.

Reports by the police are that Reid drove to the market shortly after 8 a.m., and reportedly noticed that a woman had packed out her goods at the location where he normally sells.

He asked her to move but she refused, and an argument developed. It escalated to a physical confrontation, where Reid and the woman traded blows.

Other vendors quelled the fight. The woman packed up her goods and left, but allegedly threatened to kill Reid.

About 12:30 p.m., Reid was selling items when a man, posing as a customer, walked across the Falmouth Transportation Centre compound, and went to a nearby fence where he called out to Reid and asked the price of an item.

But as Reid walked to the fence, the man pulled a handgun from his waist and opened fire, hitting him in the upper body.

The gunman then ran from the scene. The police were summoned and upon arrival, Reid was rushed to the Falmouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A cop at the Falmouth Police Station told THE STAR that lawmen have received similar information, and are presently carrying out investigations.

"The Bend-Down market is a place where persons from all 14 parishes of Jamaica travel to on a Wednesday to do their vending, and we are now trying to locate the female. But as you know, she could be from any corner of Jamaica, and this makes the police's job a little more difficult," the cop said.

- H.B.

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