Night of violence in Cayman

Three separate, and apparently unrelated attacks left one man dead and three others critically injured overnight Friday.

The attacks, a shooting and two stabbings, all occurred just outside Grand Cayman nightclubs between the hours of midnight and 3am.

In the first incident, a 21-year-old man was stabbed in the throat during a fight outside the Pit Stop bar (also known as the Everglow Bar) in Bodden Town. The victim was picked up by an ambulance after friends drove him part of the way into George Town. He was later pronounced dead.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the stabbing attack.

Just a short while later, a fight broke out in the parking lot of the ShirReynolds bar on Eastern Avenue, George Town. Witnesses reported several men were fighting. Two of them, a 28-year-old and a 40-year-old, ended up with stab wounds and were hospitalised in critical condition Saturday.

About 90 minutes after the ShirReynolds incident a man was shot in the head outside of Pepper’s Lounge on West Bay Road, George Town. Witnesses there said the man was leaving the bar around 2.30am and had gotten into a car when he was shot by someone pointing a gun through the window.

Police expected the victim in the shooting would be airlifted off island for further medical treatment. Police did not report arrests in either the stabbing outside ShirReynolds, or the shooting outside Pepper’s Lounge.

The homicide in Bodden Town was the third so far this year in Grand Cayman. Last year, there were three killings on the main island for the entire year.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said the three incidents which occurred in the early morning hours were a rarity for the country. Acting Police Commissioner Rudolph Dixon said officers would be out in force the remainder of the weekend.

‘We will have an immediate show of strength on the streets, now and for the foreseeable future, utilizing all available resources, with officers carrying out high visibility policing and collecting information and intelligence,” Mr. Dixon said.

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