Shots rang out in a West Bay neighbourhood late Tuesday night, leaving a man dead and sending police on a search for those responsible.
Officers said the victim had been shot three times in the yard of a home at the intersection of Boatswain’s Bay Road and Sand Hole Road. It’s believed the shooting happened around 9.45pm.
The victim was identified by neighbours as 41-year-old Marlon Ebanks. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several residents reported being awakened by gunshots during the night. One person who was at the murder scene said several people were standing around yelling; ‘he’s dead, he’s dead!’
‘This is just scary,’ said one witness, who did not wish to be identified.
As of press time, Royal Cayman Islands Police officers had not made any arrests in the killing. Chief Inspector Peter Kennett urged anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting to come forward and speak with police.
‘Even if something seems insignificant to you, it could be important to us,’ Mr. Kennett said.
Mr. Ebanks’ death is the third killing recorded in the Cayman Islands so far this year. It’s the first homicide in which a firearm was used.
‘Anytime a firearm…is used in a crime, it will cause concern. That’s the reason why we do proactive investigations to rid firearms from our streets,’ said RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden.
The previous two killings were believed to be the result of domestic disputes.
On June 1, former RCIPS officer Michael Ebanks was killed in his home. A 73-year-old man who was his roommate was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the crime, which was allegedly committed with a machete.
34-year-old Jamaican national Maureen Grant was stabbed to death in West Bay on 9 July. Her boyfriend Colin Ovid Scott was arrested and charged in that incident.
Police refused to discuss a motive in Marlon Brandon Ebanks’ shooting death.