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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 7:49:58 AM

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The local business community has responded with shock and sadness at news of the shooting death of businessman Alphonso Joseph, 48, at his McKinley Drive home late Thursday.
President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Wendy Freckleton urged the police high command in Manchester to conduct "the most thorough investigations to bring the criminals to justice".
Against the backdrop of a perception of rising crime in Manchester and the wider south central Jamaica in recent weeks, Freckleton told the Jamaica Observer that her organisation was "asking for more vigilance (from the police) throughout Manchester".
She said that citizens, including the business community "were very concerned about their safety and were increasingly taking the necessary steps to protect themselves".
The police said that Joseph, who operated a loan facility on Brumalia Road, was at home around 8:30 pm, when men entered the premises and demanded money.
When their demands were not met, one man allegedly pulled a gun and fired, hitting Joseph. He was pronounced dead at hospital. Police reports said that the men left the scene in a white car.
Visitors to the home at McKinley Road provided the Sunday Observer with more detail.
They said that Joseph was not Jamaican by birth, but arrived in the country seven to nine years ago from England.

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