Police investigate shooting report

Police have launched an investigation after receiving a report of a shooting opposite a pre-school in George Town Friday morning.

At around 11.50am, an on-duty police officer was told that shots had been fired in the Rock Hole area on School Road, opposite the New Testament Pre-School.

Police responded to the scene and were told a car had passed and fired shots. No-one was hurt in the incident.

In a statement the RCIPS acknowledged there are rumours circulating that the reported shooting was connected to a bomb hoax against a Seven Mile Beach Hotel Friday morning.

‘The RCIPS would like to stress that there is no evidence at this point to confirm this and it is too early to jump to conclusions,’ the statement said.

A police spokesperson said it was still not clear whether shots had actually been fired in the area, but acknowledged police are troubled by the amount of criminal activity that has been seen in the area recently.

On 31 May, a man was injured in a drive by shooting at the other end of School Road, near Eastern Avenue. The man was treated for injuries to his hand and arm and later released, while a 20-year-old man remains in custody charged with attempted murder.

A fortnight earlier, 20-year-old Brain Adrian Rankine was found dead in a parking lot on School Road. Mr. Rankine’s body was found naked and mutilated in the parking lot after what appeared to be a machete attack. William David Martinez McLaughlin, 31 is charged with murder in that case, while Jason Hinds, 26, has been charged as being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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