Man was killed in bedroom

Eighteen-year-old Josh Hooker was killed in his bedroom, the Royal Cayman Island Police Service said Tuesday.

The George Town man, who would have turned 19 yesterday, was shot late Monday evening at his home on Kennedy Drive while his mother and other family members were in another part of the house, said RCIPS Chief Inspector Peter Kennett.

‘Probably, he was awaken from his bed,’ said Mr. Kennett, noting Mr. Hooker was wearing only his boxer shorts at the time of his death.

Mr. Kennett said it was probable that the killer’s entry was made through the back door.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by the police on Tuesday on suspicion of murder and was ‘assisting officers with their enquiry’, according to an RCIPS press release.

Although there were other people in the house, they apparently did not realise immediately what had transpired in Mr. Hooker’s bedroom.

‘People heard the shot, but they thought it was a firecracker. It was not a very loud explosion.’

Mr. Hooker’s mother later found him on the floor bleeding and he was pronounced dead on the scene after police and medics arrived.

Mr. Kennett said there was only an entry wound on Mr. Hooker’s body.

‘It was one shot to the head at very close range,’ he said. ‘Death would have been instantaneous.’

A post-mortem will be conducted on Mr. Hooker very shortly, Mr. Kennett said.

In the meantime, the police have already established a major incident room to deal with the case.

‘We have a staff of some 20 officers working on the investigation,’ Mr. Kennett said.

‘I intend to conduct a very thorough investigation to find who killed Josh Hooker.’

As of Tuesday, the police had discovered no motive for the murder.

The RCIPS wants to speak to anyone who has not already spoken to police and who was in the area of Kennedy Drive between 10:30 and 11:30pm Monday night.

Kennedy Drive is off Eastern Avenue in an area often referred to as the Swamp.