Police have launched a murder investigation after an overnight shooting on McField Lane, in George Town, left one man dead.
The 28-year old, who has not been named by police, was pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital after being shot near the Habana Café, on the corner of School Rd and McField Lane.
A major incident room has been set up at George Town Police Station but no arrest had been made as of Sunday morning.
Police said it received a call at about 1am from a woman reporting that a man had been shot in the leg and was bleeding profusely. Police and medics responded to the scene and found the victim in a serious condition.
‘We are making enquiries into what happened and all priority lines of enquiry will be thoroughly examined,’ said Detective Inspector Kim Evans, who is leading the murder investigation.
‘The team of investigators are working hard on this case and we encourage anyone with information who has not yet contacted the police, to come forward as soon as possible,’ DI Evans said.
Crime Scene Investigators are trying to establish precisely when the shooting occurred, which differs from the reported time.
It is just the latest shooting in the area, which has been marred by gang violence and tit-for-tat reprisals in recent years.
Blood stains were still evident at the scene Sunday morning as worshippers passed by the area to attend a nearby church.
Police cordoned off a large area around the cafe as they took evidence and new Police Commissioner David Baines and Chief Superintendent Marlon Bodden both toured the scene Sunday morning.
Children and onlookers peered over the police tape and asked what had happened but officers at the scene were saying little.
Police will want to speak to others that were at a nearby jerk stall, which neighbours said many people flock to after bars close at midnight Saturday.
A family liaison officer has been assigned to the relatives of the victim. A post mortem is scheduled to take place at a later date.
For more, see Tuesday’s Caymanian Compass.