Triple shooting, one dead

A 19-year-old died and two other teenagers were seriously injured in a West Bay shooting Wednesday night.

Police said the gunfire erupted near the intersection of Bonaventure Road and Turtle Road just to the south of North West Point Road around 8pm.

Ambulance crews rushed to the scene along with armed Royal Cayman Islands Police officers. The emergency sirens could be heard all over the district of West Bay Wednesday night.

No arrests were immediately reported in connection with the shooting.

The 19-year-old male, whose identity the Caymanian Compass is not immediately releasing, died after being taken to the hospital. The two other shooting victims, said to be males aged 18 and 14, were hospitalised in critical condition overnight.

According to witnesses gathered at the scene, two men walked into a home on Turtle Road near Bonaventure Road just before 8pm and opened fire. Residents in the area heard at least eight to ten shots.

Motives for the shooting were not clear, but residents suspected it was in retaliation for other violence which had occurred in the district recently.

Police had a wide area blocked off around the crime scene late into the night and were questioning those who were nearby when the shots were fired.

“My kids were here playing by the pool,” West Bay resident Richard Parchment, who lives just down the street from where the shootings occurred, said Wednesday evening. “It makes me wonder whether i chose the right neighbourhood to live in.”

The deadly shooting comes just a few days after the killing of 28-year-old Omar Samuels in George Town Sunday morning. However, police said there was nothing to immediately link the two killings.

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