One arrested in shooting near downtown

Police said a local man is fortunate to be alive after a bullet grazed his head in George Town’s Scranton neighbourhood.

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers believe someone opened fire into a car on Tigris Street between Myles Lane and Shedden Road Sunday night, wounding a 29-year-old man inside the vehicle.

‘The bullet just grazed the top of his head,’ said Chief Inspector Peter Kennett. ‘He’s a very lucky boy.’

The shooting was only reported to police after the victim showed up at George Town Hospital around 11.45pm Sunday. An RCIPS spokesperson said officers were called to the hospital, but were informed that the victim had left before they arrived.

The man was located again on Monday morning by police. It was unclear at press time whether he had received any hospital treatment.

Investigators were eventually able to find the spot where the shooting occurred and spent the morning Monday combing the area for clues.

An arrest was made in connection with the shooting. Police said the 25-year-old suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder and suspicion of firearms possession.

Officers would still like anyone with information about the shooting to come forward and speak with investigators at George Town Criminal Investigations Department. The phone number is 949-4222.

The area where the shooting occurred has been a trouble spot for the RCIPS in the past.

In February 2004, two men were shot to death in the same neighbourhood within a week of each other. One man, 27-year-old Chadwick Bush was shot in the street on 14 February, 2004. A 28-year-old man had died just two days before after he was gunned down in the same area.