Shots fired in West Bay

A man was taken to hospital late Thursday night after shots were fired at him as he entered his West Bay apartment.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Superintendent John Jones said the 28-year-old victim had just gotten home from work when he heard gun shots coming from behind him.

Mr. Jones said after the man heard shots he looked at his hand and noticed it was bleeding.

‘As he went to open the door of his apartment it appears he was shot at from behind,’ Superintendent Jones said, adding that the victim was transported to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The shooting happened around 9.45pm on Willie Farrington Drive near Elizabeth Street. No arrests had been made in connection with the incident at press time.

It was the third shooting reported in Grand Cayman within the past two weeks.

Police were asked whether they believed Thursday’s shooting was connected to gang activity in the Cayman Islands. Mr. Jones said he suspected it was not, although officers had not ruled out any possibilities.

However, he noted that officers were concerned about other incidents in recent weeks which involved illegal firearms.

‘Clearly there are factions within the community that have their fallouts, and some of our previous incidents have been factional,’ Mr. Jones said, ‘whether you choose to call them gangs, that’s sometimes quite the emotive term to use.’

This shooting follows another on 23 February in which one man was shot in the face. A third shooting on 17 February also caused minor injuries when the victim’s head was grazed by a bullet. Police have made arrests in both of those cases.

Anyone with information on Thursday night’s shooting is asked to call the West Bay police station at 949-3999, or the George Town police station at 949-4222. They can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS).

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