I passed the scene of the crime in Carey Park Sunday night, stopped, and saw the man slumped in the car, but could not ascertain his identity. It is with shock that I realized that it was 52-year old Eric Lee Anderson of Zion in Martha Brae, a former customer of mine back in the days of operating a store in Falmouth.
The police have since launched a hunt for Anderson’s killer and more information has surfaced as to what actually transpired that led to his death.
From The Jamaica Observer:
CAREY PARK, Trelawny — The Trelawny police have launched a massive manhunt for a gunman who brazenly murdered a taxi operator and shot and injured a female cop and a motorist along the Carey Park main road in Trelawny, Sunday evening.
The deceased has been identified as 52-year-old Eric Lee Anderson of Zion district in the parish.
According to the police, Anderson was plying the Ocho Rios to Montego Bay route when an argument over fare developed between himself and one of the five passengers he was transporting.
The rowdy passenger reportedly brandished a gun and fired a shot from a window of the moving motor vehicle. He then ordered Anderson not to stop upon reaching a section of the Carey Park main road where a police service vehicle was spotted.
However, in his pursuit of security, Anderson stopped at the feet of the two cops who were on patrol.
This angered the gunman who shot Anderson in his head, killing him on the spot, after which he alighted from the vehicle and fired shots hitting the female cop and a motorist, who had earlier sought assistance from the police after his vehicle developed mechanical problems.
The gunman reportedly escaped on foot in the area.
Meanwhile, the female cop is said to be recovering at the hospital where she was admitted in a stable condition. The injured motorist was treated and released for a gun shot wound to one of his hands.
— Horace Hinds
Curated from The Jamaica Observer.