Update: Two released in shooting

Two men taken into custody shortly after Wednesday night’s deadly triple shooting in West Bay have now been released from police custody.

‘We are now satisfied that the involvement of these men is not criminal and they were, in fact, themselves victims in this incident,’ Royal Cayman Islands Police Superintendent Kurt Walton said Friday.

Two other men taken into police custody around 5am Thursday morning were still detained as of Friday afternoon.

Enquiries into the triple shooting that left one young man dead and two teenagers seriously injured continue. A team of detectives led by Superintendent Walton are operating from a Major Incident Room at West Bay police station.

Twenty year-old Marcus Ebanks died after being taken to hospital on Wednesday evening. A 14-year-old-boy, identified as Adryan Powell, was seriously injured in the shooting was flown off-island Thursday for treatment.

The 18-year-old shooting victim, Rod Ebanks, is still receiving medical attention.

Mr Walton confirmed earlier statements by Police Commissioner David Baines that the three victims were among seven young men who had been outside a property on the junction of Turtle Lane and Bonaventure Road when two masked men emerged from the bushes and opened fire. It is unclear at this point how the offenders made off from the scene.

Superintendent Walton expressed thanks for the assistance that has been provided by the public so far, but called for anyone who has information who has not yet passed it on, to do so.

‘What happened is tragic,’ he said. ‘If you have information about what took place or the events that led to it – it is your duty to come forward. Speak to an officer you know and trust or call Crime Stoppers, but get your information to us somehow. Even if you think it is insignificant, it could be vital to us.’

Two dedicated hotlines which are manned 24-hours a day have been set up for residents to reach the investigation team directly.

Hotline number: 926-1773 and 926-3975

These numbers are manned 24 hours a day and callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

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