Shots fired, body armour seized

A cache of bullet proof vests was seized by Royal Cayman Islands Police over the weekend after gun shots were reported in what’s becoming a troublesome area for police.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm early Sunday following reports of shots fired in McField Lane, George Town.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Investigators found a number of bullet proof vests at a location after arresting the suspect.

It is illegal to own bullet proof vests in Cayman barring special permission granted in writing to the vest owner by the police commissioner.

The McField Lane/School Road area has been a source of headaches for police nearly all year long.

In May, the mutilated body of 20-year-old Brian Rankine was found in a dirt parking lot near the intersection of the two roads. A suspect has been arrested and charged with Mr. Rankine’s killing.

Later that same month a 29-year-old man was wounded after shots were fired from a car on School Road near Eastern Avenue. The shooting victim survived and a 20-year-old suspect was later arrested in the incident.

In September, police investigating a ‘shots fired’ call on School Road ended up in a high-speed chase with a man and woman in a vehicle along George Town’s Harbour Drive. Police fired shots at some point during the pursuit, but no one was injured.

Also in September, police received a report of a shooting on School Road near the New Testament Pre-School. Officers said shots were fired from a car. No one was hurt, and investigators were never entirely certain that shots had been fired in the area.

Police have previously acknowledged they are troubled by the amount of serious criminal activity occurring in the area, which is a heavily populated local shopping centre and has several schools located nearby.

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