The police have confirmed that former People’s National Party (PNP) Western St Mary Member of Parliament Dr Neil McGill has been shot dead in Hillside, Manchester, Jamaica.

The police say Dr McGill was killed around 9 p.m Friday in the community popularly called Vietnam, which is about three miles south of the Northern Caribbean University.

The circumstances of the murder are not immediately clear, but the police say robbery does not appear to be the motive at this stage.

When investigators rushed to the scene shortly after the shooting, they found Dr McGill seated around the steering of his car with its engine still running.

They say it appeared that Dr McGill had just stopped his car when he was pounced upon by his attacker who fired a shot hitting him in the chest, killing him on the spot.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Dr McGill was alone at the time of the attack.

Dr McGill unsuccessfully ran for the PNP against the Jamaica Labour Party Central Clarendon MP Mike Henry in the 2007 general election.

Even though he represented west St Mary between 2002 and 2007, Dr McGill gave up leadership of the constituency in 2006. He was labelled by some of his constituents as a non-performing MP but McGill was always proud of his record.

In the 2007 general election Delano Franklin replaced him and lost the seat to the Jamaica Labour Party’s Robert Montague.

McGill is the second former PNP MP from St Mary to die in as many months. Last month former MP Horace Clarke lost his battle to illness.

Clarke represented Northern St Mary, West Central St Mary and Central St Mary.

WHO WAS NEIL MCGILL?

Profession: Medical Doctor

Political Membership:
Chairman, Western St. Mary Constituency 1999-2006.
Member of Parliament, Western St. Mary 2002-2007;
Chairman – Central Clarendon since December 2006.
Served on many important Parliamentary Committees – the Public Accounts; Infrastructural and Development; Anti-Terrorism; Incest and Offence against the Person, Reparation (compensation for slavery) et al.
Served as the Caribbean Representative in Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on HIV/AIDS, Jamaican Representative on Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Committee on Environment. Represented Parliament in India, Canada, UK and Fiji

Marital Status: Married

Previous Occupation: Businessman

Education: University of the West Indies, Mona

Birth date: Tuesday, 18 July 1950

Source: People’s National Party Website

Source: Gleaner/Power 106 News

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