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Canadian tourists in Kingston shooting resume vacation in Montego Bay

May 23, 2009

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Six Canadian visitors, whose vehicle was hit by gunshots along the Spanish Town Road Thursday evening, have been safely returned to their hotel in Montego Bay.

Following interviews by the police and meetings with the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Tourist Board(JTB), the Canadians stopped at Jamaica House for a brief meeting with Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz, and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the JTB and the security forces.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding assured the visitors that the government would do everything to ensure their comfort for the rest of their stay in Jamaica. He also told them that this was an isolated case.

Following the meeting at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz told JIS News that the authorities were on to the incident quickly after it occurred.

"We got on top of it quite early. We met them at the hospital (KPH). The hospital took very good care of them. We made contact with Deputy Commissioner (Mark) Shields. Statements were taken. Air transport was provided to take them back to Montego Bay. They made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister on the way, and he apologized. Thank God there was no serious injury or gunshot wounds," Mr. Vaz said.

Canadian tourists in Kingston shooting resume vacation in Montego Bay
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