Woman ‘lucky to be alive’ after shooting

Police have said a woman is lucky to be alive after a gun attack in Prospect Monday night.

The 44-year-old woman came within millimetres of dying when a bullet smashed through the window of her Orange Drive House, off Marina Drive, grazing her ear and face.

The woman was rushed to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call from the woman’s 22-year-old daughter at around 9.40pm, reporting that her mother had been hit by a bullet.

She told operators the two had been in the sitting room of the house when they heard an explosion and her mother cried out in pain. She said the bullet appeared to have come through the back window.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, told the Caymanian Compass she saw a car turn its lights off as it approached the house shortly before the incident, before coming to a stop. The neighbour then went inside and later reported hearing an explosion that sounded ‘like fireworks’.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident but no arrests had been announced and no weapon had been recovered at press time Tuesday.

George Town Criminal Investigation Department detectives are appealing for information from anyone that was in the area or that has information about the incident. George Town CID can be contacted on 949-4222.

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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