Michael Nattoo – Staff Reporter
With two loud explosions and the body of 22-year-old Marcus Phillip Tucker stumbling across her living room after responding to a knock at the door, a brave young woman knew something had gone horrifyingly wrong. In a swift response when a masked man entered her apartment with a gun in hand, she jumped on to his back, and a struggle ensued. She managed to disarm the masked gunman, and in another act of desperation, she also managed to unmask him, revealing none other than her brother.
That was not a scene from a movie, but rather the sequence of events that unfolded which resulted in the death of young Tucker, a resident of Mona Commons, Papine, St. Andrew, who was visiting a friend in the community of Jungle Lane, Ricketts River, Westmoreland.
Information reaching the Western Mirror is that Tucker was staying at the home of his friend, Albert, and was sitting in the living room when he heard a knocking on the front door. He opened the door and a masked gunman opened gunfire at him, hitting him in the mouth.
Mr. Tucker then ran inside the bedroom and was chased by the gunman, who continued shooting at him. The young woman who also resides at the house jumped on the back of the gunman and managed to disarm and unmask him. He, however, fled the scene, and managed to take the weapon, that the police later seized.
Tucker received gunshot wounds to his mouth and left side and was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.
Acting on information, investigators went to a section of the parish on Sunday in search of the accused. He was found and taken into custody.
Those events also revealed how the police were able to identify the masked killer, Demar Lawrence, the brother of one of the house’s occupants, Allison Lawrence, who was present at the time of the brazen and bizarre attack.
Reports indicate that the tragedy-struck home belonged to a friend of Tucker, Albert Lawrence, who was absent at the time of the incident.
Reports reaching this newsroom are that Tucker was shortly after rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries, but with the discovery made by Allison Lawrence, it was not long after that the lawmen were able to apprehend the suspect.
It is uncertain whether Lawrence attempted to challenge the lawmen, but he was found in possession of Browning Single Action pistol, with a magazine containing ten 9 MM rounds. The police were also able to recover a spent shell from the scene of the crime.
Tucker, who received gunshot wounds to the mouth and to his left side, was taken to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital where he was admitted in a stable condition, but later died as a result of his injuries.