Girl of eight shot dead on holiday

Imani was shot while she was on holiday in Jamaica with her family Photo: ITV News

A community in south London has been left in shock after an eight-year-old British girl was shot dead in Jamaica.

Schoolgirl Imani Green was killed in the town of Duncans on Friday night.

Imani, from Balham, south London, is understood to have died after being shot twice, including once in the head, in what may have been a revenge attack.

Neighbours in Britain today spoke of their sorrow following the girl's death.

One friend of the family, who asked not to be named, said: "This is a close-knit community, so this is going to hurt us."

Another added: "Nobody wants to speak, she was just a little girl. This is all so sad. We're distraught."

Neighbours said members of the girl's family left their home at Old Hospital Close for a flight to Jamaica early this morning to be with Imani's mother.

The young girl was said to have been with relatives at a cafe owned by her cousin when a gunman entered and opened fire following an argument.

Three others were injured in the shooting and taken to hospital for treatment, but are thought to be in a stable condition.

Police told ITV News that there are a number of lines of inquiry, but one theory is that the shooting was in reprisal for an earlier gun attack.

"I am devastated to hear the news of eight-year-old schoolgirl Imani Green, a pupil at a Tooting primary school. This is terrible news."

– Sadiq Khan, Tooting MP

“The entire Fircroft School community is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of our pupil Imani Green. Imani was popular with staff and pupils alike. She dealt with her sickle cell anaemia very bravely. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

– Anne Wilson, Headteacher, Fircroft Primary School

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