ST JAMES, Jamaica – A woman was fatally shot while another was injured in Barrett Town St James yesterday afternoon.

Dead is 43-year-old vendor Margaretta Service from Jenkins Corner, Barrett Town, in the parish.

Reports from police in Barrett Town are that about 2:45 pm, Service was at home with relatives when armed men kicked open the door to her house and opened gunfire hitting her several times before setting her ablaze.

Shortly after, they entered a neighbouring premises and opened gunfire hitting another woman. Other houses were also fired on.

After the police were summoned, Service was seen on the ground partially burnt with gunshot wounds. The other woman was taken to hospital where she was admitted in serious condition.

The police say investigations are now ongoing.